HCC Students Train with Wind Turbine

Published 07/31 2014 05:36PM

Updated 07/31 2014 06:21PM

NORMAL - A group of college students hopes to harness the power of the wind.

As part of a training grant, students at Heartland and Illinois Valley community colleges geared up, before climbing up the inside of a giant wind turbine.

While inside, they see nothing but ladders and empty space. The training, which ordinarily costs upwards of $2,000, certifies students in confined space rescue and competent climbing.

"In our particular turbine, the ladder is held on by magnets, so you just have to overcome and say I'm going to do it,” said technology professor Christopher Miller. “And when you get your first pay check, you'll overcome those fears pretty quick.”
The training will allow students to work on either wind turbines or cell phone towers.

It takes about half an hour to climb to the top of the tower.

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