America’s business and industry need for power is huge and growing, and the leaders in the region are meeting the demand head-on. The wide-open spaces and skies of our area make us an ideal location for many alternative approaches to energy production, such as wind, solar, biofuels, and geothermal.

So it should come as no surprise that local educators like Missouri Southern State University and Pittsburg State University are already committed to educating and delivering the skills workers and employers need to participate in research and engineering for tomorrow’s energy providers. As an example, Crowder College offers an Alternative Energy Certificate Program that attracts engineering, science, and technology majors with a focus on wind and solar energy studies. The Advanced Training and Technology Center offers multiple manufacturing and technological training programs for entrepreneurs.