America’s appetite for power is huge and growing, and the leaders in the Joplin Region are meeting the demand head-on. The wide-open spaces and endless 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 are already committed to delivering the skills workers will 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.