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Newport, AR--- Lauren Payne Reports

Building a workforce for the future at ASU-Newport

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Jonesboro, AR (KAIT) -  "It's really going to be so useful.   It really has so much potential...especially in the future," said Skylar Brock.

Skylar Brock says he's thinking about his future, and all of the opportunities that lie ahead once he graduates the Renewable Energy Technology program that he starts this fall at ASU Newport.

"I hope to find a job where I can help for the future....help develop new technological advances," said Brock.

"That's what ASU Newport wants to do.   We want to train these people to step in and have the opportunity to have those jobs," said instructor, Jack Osier. 

This will be the first year that ASU Newport has offered this program.  Funded by grant money,  students enrolled will get much if not all of their fees, books and tuition paid for, for at least the next two years.  Instructor Jack Osier says the goal is to make the program sustainable long after the grant money runs out.

The grant has afforded us the opportunity to bring in a lot of really nice, new technology that we're going to be able to train our students on to make them the best suited for the position they're applying for," said Osier.  

Career choices available with a degree in Renewable Energy Technology range from bio fuels technician to wind turbine analysts.  Jobs that are available now, and will only increase in demand.

Great advancements have been made in the field of renewable energy, and we're finally here, in Northeast Arkansas, getting to experience some of that and explore some of that," said Osier.

For more information on the program visit www.asun.edu or call 870-512-7843  

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