The desire to develop alternative energy sources is growing rapidly, here and around the world. Two energy sources that have received a great deal of interest and funding are wind power and solar power. With the investment in these new technologies comes thousands of job opportunities and a promising future. Education and training in wind and solar power can set you apart from other job candidates and start you on a career path that offers limitless growth. For professionals already working in areas of energy that are more mature or declining, it can help you transition your career and remain on the cutting edge.

According to the American Wind Energy Association, wind now provides enough electricity to serve 9.7 million American homes or power a fleet of more than 1.7 million plug-in hybrid vehicles. This amount of wind capacity can generate as much electricity every year as 51.5 million tons of coal or 153 million barrels of oil.  Wind generation currently displaces 57.8 million tons of carbon dioxide annually, equivalent to taking 9.86 million vehicles off the road.  A U.S. Department of Energy study found that wind could provide 20 percent of U.S. electricity by 2030.  At that level, wind power would support 500,000 jobs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by as much as taking 140 million vehicles off the road.

Career Opportunities

Careers related to solar power are springing up around the world. The highest demand is in warmer climates, such as the southern and western parts of the United States, which receive direct sunlight year-round. In regions with fewer direct sunlight hours throughout the year, a student may be wise to combine solar technology training with another alternative energy subject. In Northeast Ohio, students can benefit from training in both solar technology and wind turbine technology. With a dual specialization, students may be able to find employment working on solar systems during the summer months and work installing and repairing wind turbines during the colder, cloudier months of the year.

The Alternative Energy program offers a short-term certificate that can be earned in one semester, one-year certificates, and Associate Degrees. Of course, you may choose to further your education beyond LCCC through our University Partnership or transfer programs.

Alternative Energy Program

Short-Term Certificates

Alternative Energy Technology – Wind Turbine


One-Year Certificates:

Alternative Energy Technology – Solar Technology

Alternative Energy Technology – Wind Turbine


Associate Degrees:

Alternative Energy Technology – Solar Technology

Alternative Energy Technology – Wind Turbine


University Partnership Programs

Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering – On LCCC’s Campus

Our Engineering Program courses are designed to transfer seamlessly to this University Partnership program:

 Bachelor of Science in Automated Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Transfer to another college or university

LCCC is a great place to start. You can complete the first years of your education at LCCC at our lower tuition rate and then transfer your credits to another college or university to earn a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

  Learn more about how to transfer LCCC credits to another college or university

Getting started while you’re still in high school

You don’t have to wait to graduate from high school to start earning college credit.

The College Credit Plus program offers you an opportunity to earn college credit as early as seventh grade. Courses are frequently offered on-site at local high schools. Students may also have the option of taking LCCC classes online or on our campus. Classes taken through CCP count for both high school and college credit and are FREE for most students. 

The MyUniversity program, a unique partnership between LCCC and area high schools, provides a pathway for high school students to the full college experience – starting in high school!

   Learn more about earning college credit in high school.