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NEWNAN — West Georgia Technical College is offering a new Energy Industry Fundamentals technical certificate program.


The program will provide students with a broad understanding of the electric and natural gas utility industry. Students in the program will also learn about energy generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure, commonly called the “largest machine in the world,” which forms the backbone for the industry.


“West Georgia Technical College and the Central Educational Center in Newnan, have partnered with industry to provide an educational program targeted to meet utility career demands. The Energy Industry Fundamentals Technical Certificate will provide a broad understanding of the utility industry, and technical skills universally in demand by local industries,” said Daniel Halstead, Electronics Instructor. “The program will include coursework and hands on experience with lab equipment. Coweta-Fayette EMC, Newnan Utilities, MEAG Power, and Georgia Power have already signed on to provide students with real world exposure to the various careers available in the utility industries.”


The program includes business models, regulations, types of energy and their conversion to useable energy such as electric power, how generated power is transmitted and distributed to the point of use, emerging technology, and the connection to careers in the energy industry.


“Technical education continues to be in demand and we are proud to bring this program to the residents of West Georgia,” said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. “This new program will prepare our students for great career opportunities in the expanding energy industry.”


Energy Industry Fundamentals courses are offered during the day on the Coweta Campus and the Douglas Campus. For more information about the Energy Industry Fundamentals program, contact Daniel Halstead, Electronics Instructor at 770-755-7849 or at daniel.halstead@westgatech.edu.


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