UM-Morris to offer gasification course in May

By Susanne Retka Schill
Web exclusive posted March 19, 2009, at 5:41 p.m. CST

The University of Minnesota-Morris Continuing Education Department is developing a new curriculum in biomass gasification technology. The department received a grant of $174,258 from the Renewable Energy Marketplace – Alliance for Talent Development initiative to help develop the course. The regional alliance of industry, economic developers and educational institutions is one of 39 regional projects in the nation involved in the U.S. Department of Labor's Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development.

UM-Morris is planning an intensive three-week class which will be offered in May on the university campus in the west central Minnesota community of Morris. The course is open to students from UM-Morris, Minnesota West Community and Technical College (MN West), undergraduate students from other institutions and other adults who are interested in training and employment in biomass gasification.

The biomass gasification technology curriculum is being developed through a partnership with MN West, University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center, Nova-Tech Engineering, Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Inc. – Architects and Engineers (HGA) and Rural Minnesota Concentrated Employment Program. The industry partners-HGA and Nova-Tech-have experience and expertise in biomass development and will guide the curriculum development to ensure that the course meets the needs of current and prospective employers.

For more information about the UM-Morris course, "Renewable Energy with Biomass Gasification," to request registration materials or inquire about scholarships, contact Karen Cusey at 320-589-6461 or 800-842-0030, or visit the course Web site.