Wind turbines

For instructor James Beall, teaching in the wind energy program at Texas State Technical College is more than a paycheck.

Fourteen years ago, Beall stopped working as an industrial electrician to become a stay-at-home dad. He spent the next six years taking care of his two sons. Then a divorce, followed by trouble finding a job, sent him into a downward spiral.

Finally, he decided to go back to school to train for work in wind energy, and his prospects started to look up.

Beall: “It’s a great thing for our planet and it’s a great thing for all the people that work in the industry. It was definitely a turning point in my life. I was definitely in a dark, dark place at that time, and I believe wind saved me.”

After graduation, Beall held several jobs in the field before becoming a wind technician.

Beall: “I got to do blade change outs, gear box change outs, tower erections. All kinds of really cool stuff in that field.”

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Now he teaches at the same technical college where he was trained. And he’s proud to be helping others take advantage of one of the fastest growing jobs in the U.S.

Beall: “I love working with these students and passing on my knowledge and expertise to these young men and women coming in, and hopefully I can change their lives like wind has changed mine.”

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