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Highland Community College Awarded National Science Foundation Grant

FREEPORT, IL � During the regularly scheduled July Board of Trustees meeting, Highland Community College officials announced that the College has been named the recipient of a prestigious grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Applied for in partnership with Northern Illinois University, the Education and Human Resource grant project entitled �Development and Field Test of a Remote Laboratory and Web-Based Learning Modules for Wind Turbine Technician Training� is slated to begin immediately and run through June 2013. The restricted use funds, to be used exclusively for the grant project, will total $898,445 over the three-year life of the grant.

The major emphasis of the grant project is to develop and field test wind turbine technician training materials, simulation modules, and a supporting remote laboratory for wind turbine technology. These multimedia learning materials will be aligned with industry standards and delivered via the Internet to supplement the current program curriculum. The goal of the project is to integrate the newly developed materials and remote laboratory into two-year college wind technology programs nation-wide in order to sustain workforce development in the field of wind power. funny gifs

The materials, modules, and the remote laboratory will be distributed nation-wide via the NSF/Advanced Technical Education (ATE) National Center for Manufacturing Education, the National Engineering Technology Education Clearinghouse, and ATE TV. Proposed professional development workshops for two-year college faculty members are planned to provide an additional channel for distributing the materials.

Also included in the project�s plan is the identification of technician programs serving under-represented populations in northern Illinois and to deliver presentations to the faculty aimed at making them aware of the potential uses of the modules. funny pictures

�This is indeed an exciting award as NSF grants are prestigious,� said HCC President Joe Kanosky. �NIU sought us out to be the wind turbine technician partners in this grant recognizing the work that has been done by Highland in the wind turbine technician training arena.� Highland began offering an associate of applied science degree in wind turbine technology in the fall of 2008, the first of its kind in the state.

Like other grants of this nature, the NSF grant necessitates the appointment of a project director to administer the key provisions of the grant to ensure that it is renewed into the second and third years. Trustees approved the job description of Assistant Project Director, National Science Foundation Wind Turbine Remote Laboratory Grant. All of the salary and any benefits associated with the temporary three-year grant position will come from the grant award. funny images

Trustees also approved the appointment of Philip Pilcher to fill the position. Pilcher is currently serving as research assistant for the ROCK Program at Northern Illinois University, and most recently directed an NSF Advanced Technician Education Grant which was a joint effort with NIU, Rock Valley College Aviation Training Department, Alion Science and Technology and Abilities Center. funny photos

For more information regarding the NSF grant contact Vice President of Academic Services Dr. Jeff Davidson, who is the grant�s principal investigator, at For information regarding the wind turbine technician program at Highland Community College, contact Dean of Business and Technology Scott Anderson, at

Highland Community College offers more than 60 programs of applied and transfer degrees, community education and business training. In addition to comprehensive academic programming, Highland provides theatre, art and music opportunities for the community. Highland Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association�s Academic Quality Improvement Program. Located in Freeport and Elizabeth, Highland is conveniently positioned in the tri-state region with access to several major metropolitan areas. For more information about Highland Community College, call 815.235.6121 or visit

2998 W. Pearl City Road
Freeport, IL 61032-9341

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