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IIT to Establish $12.6 Million Smart Grid Training Center

Illinois Institute of Technology has received $5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to support a total $12.6 million collaborative effort to establish a Smart Grid Education and Workforce Training Center.The center will be completed within three years and will offer smart grid technology courses and certificate programs for people of all ages via on-campus and distance-learning classes.

IIT's current smart grid and power engineering infrastructures led by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering will help train groups from utilities, corporations, labor unions, veterans, K-12 educators, universities, and community colleges to take on global challenges in smart grid technology, energy independence, clean tech, and sustainable energy. The new center is expected to train nearly 49,000 people in a three year period. Full Article