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Vermont college to start renewable energy program

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WILLISTON Vt. -

Vermont Technical College has its eye on renewable energy.

Thursday the school announced the creation of a new renewable energy bachelor's degree program. Hands-on course work will focus on topics including sustainability and engineering technology. Vermont Tech's interim president says the new degree is in line with Vermont's goal to achieve 90 percent renewable energy by 2050.

"My hope is that it be a defining characteristic of the college for the coming decades that we focus on renewable energy and sustainability, in addition to agriculture and health care and other things we do well," said Vermont Tech President Dan Smith.

Vermont Tech will launch the program this fall and hopes to have 40 students within the next five years. It is getting off the ground with the help of a $120,000 donation from AllEarth Renewables President David Blittersdorf.

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