by Troy Brynelson, Spokesman
It’s not out of the ordinary for drivers near East Mill Plain Boulevard and Grand Boulevard to see people wearing hard hats and climbing gear gathered around a steel tower next to the road. These are students, and their training is actually becoming more common.
More students than ever are enrolling at the Northwest Renewable Energy Institute, a program offered by the International Air and Hospitality Academy. A career as a wind turbine technician, with strong starting wages and potential to travel but requiring little education, has made the program grow faster than its culinary, air steward or railroad conducting programs.