Based in: Lansing, Mich.
With the help of a $1 million grant from the Department of Energy, Michigan's Lansing Community College launched its Alternative Energy Engineering Technology program six years ago.
Since then, the initiative has grown, from 42 students to more than 600, and offers classes in building solar, wind, and geothermal systems, as well as efficiency and energy management.
David Wilson, the program's coordinator, says the college has had a relationship with German engineering company Siemens, which donated solar and wind energy equipment to the program.
Lansing has also added a green component to its existing transportation technologies program, says Wilson. Now, students can learn to work with fuel cells and biofuels -- new courses for a changing auto sector.
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