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Student Testimonials

What is it really like to get an energy education?

Before you invest in your education, you should be sure of your choice. A postsecondary training program in energy is no different. A former or current student can tell you what they liked about the program, how well it prepared them for a career, and tips for successfully completing the program.

Biofuels Technology Graduates

Meet three biofuels technology graduates. Learn how their education prepared them for their current careers.

  • Jeff Knutson is currently a plant manager/vice president of Central Indiana Ethanol. Read his story about the biofuels technology program at Minnesota West and how it prepared him for today.
  • Brodie McKeown switched from a construction management career to one in renewable energy. Find out how he made this change.
  • Mike Bauman rebounded from being laid off from his construction career. Read this interview to find out how he turned this layoff into a chance for a new career.

Ethanol Plant Internship

Starr Grabow completed an internship at Central Indiana Ethanol as a part of her work in the biofuels technology program at Minnesota West. Read her story about the internship and what she gained from the experience.

Solar Energy Student

Andy Richardson is among the first students to enroll in Century College's new solar energy program. Richardson, who lost his job at Anderson Windows in 2008, is using his state dislocated worker benefits to learn how to install solar panels on homes and businesses.

Wind Energy Technician Student

Even as a kid, Christine Adamietz loved climbing. So much so that her dad had to remove the bottom rungs from the grain bins on the family's farm to keep her safe. Read about her climb to success in Minnesota West's wind energy technician program.