Duane Carrow and NovaTech Ethanol Training Simulator Receive Award for Excellence in Curriculum Programming from Minnesota State Colleges & Universities

PUBLISHED ON Apr 29, 2008

Duane Carrow, of Minnesota West Community and Technical College’s (MN West) Renewable Energy Education Program, has been awarded an Academic and Student Affairs Award for Excellence in Curriculum Programming by Chancellor James McCormick and the Board of Trustees for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

The Renewable Energy Education Program at MN West couples a curriculum derived from lectures by visiting industry experts with the NovaTech Automation Ethanol Training Simulator (NETS) to provide students with comprehensive, hands-on understanding of the biology, chemistry, and process control aspects of ethanol production.  Students graduating the course have to date achieved 100% employment.  MN West is working with NovaTech Automation to bring the courseware and simulator to other colleges in the ethanol belt.