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“The sustainable/renewable energy program at CCC gave me the knowledge and opportunity to get my foot in the door to start a new career path. I am very grateful for the opportunity this program has given me.”   Troy L. Koon, Siemens Gamesa

"Colby’s Sustainable Renewable energy degree helped me build my knowledge far beyond what I thought I would learn. The courses I took taught me everything I would need to know about renewable energy and a lot of fun hands-on learning as well. I definitely recommend this to anyone interested in renewable energy."   Heath Bolyard, UpTower

"Because of what I studied in the sustainable/renewable energy program, I have been able to start at a very high wage in a very competitive job market. Knowing that I wouldn't even consider this option without the Solomon Forks Wind Project scholarship makes me even more grateful. Colby Community College has lifted me to heights I didn't know possible. I'm living my dream because of what Mr. Reilley and CCC have done for me."   Kainin O'Malley, Vivint Solar

“I know for a fact I wouldn’t be where I’m at right now in the solar industry without the sustainable/renewable energy program offered by Mr. Reilley. Huge head start in the Renewable Energy Industry.”  Chance Andrews, Vivint Solar

"The Sustainable/Renewable Energy Program offered at CCC was an amazing experience for me. It armed me with the tools and knowledge that aided in getting my feet wet in the wind industry as a wind tech I."  Isaac Kaiser, Sky Climber

"The sustainable/renewable energy program is an excellent way to help get a foot in the door in the industry. I was able to get a local wind position where I am able to support the program and future students."  Shylo Evans, Nordex USA

"Through the completion of the Sustainable/Renewable Energy Program offered at CCC, I have had more job opportunities, more doors open, and high success in the wind industry. The program gave me the tools needed to make it where I am today."
  Jonathan Auker, Duke Energy

"I received the certificate of completion for wind technology from Colby Community College and I have now started my new career as a wind tech II."  Marc Chaffin, NextEra Energy

"Throughout the program I had gained the essential skills that secured a job In this industry. Without this opportunity I wouldn’t be where I am today in my profession!"   Austin Russ, UpTower

"Completion of the renewable energy program at CCC has helped me to land a job in solar as well as giving me the leg up that I needed to help me advance quickly in the field."  Jeffrey C. Johnson, Crew Lead, Ecomark Solar

"The sustainable/renewable energy program allowed me to take my passion for solar energy to the next level.  I would not have the exciting career I do without it!"  Danny Denio Blue, Raven Solar

"My education in the CCC Sustainable/Renewable Energy program enabled me to land a high-tech career."  Landon Reilley, Vivint Solar

Graduate Profile: Kainin O’Malley


Students majoring in a renewable/sustainable energy program are eligible for the following scholarships:

  • Solomon Forks Wind Project, LLC, for Sustainable/Renewable Energy Majors – Four $2,500 awards.
  • George & Phyllis Elliott Memorial Scholarship – One $500 scholarship.

Follow the directions to apply.


Wind Certificate of Completion Brochure (12 hours)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that employment of wind turbine service technicians is projected to grow 96 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. Because wind electricity generation is expected to grow rapidly over the coming decade, additional technicians will be needed to install and maintain new turbines. Job prospects are expected to be excellent.

Because CCC offers the Small Wind Technology Certificate of Completion online, students have the flexibility to learn and work from home. Participation in Saturday “boot camps” is recommended to gain hands-on training. Boot camps are offered every eight weeks in the fall and spring semesters.

If you need additional information, feel free to contact Derek Reilley, Program Director, by phone at 785.460.5431 or by email at


AE181Small Wind Turbines3
AE178 AG/Rural Wind Applications3
AE179 Community Wind3
AE180 Wind/Solar PV Hybrid Systems3
Total Credit Hours: 12


Derek Reilley

Sustainable/Renewable Energy Instructor

(785) 460-5431