As advanced biofuel technologies mature and commercial facilities begin to expand there is some concern about finding enough talent to keep up with production.
Algae Industry Magazine makes note of a new program at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) that seeks to address the workforce concern by offering five courses in biofuels energy including OSHA 10 General for biofuels, algae production, biodiesel production, biogas production, and ethanol production.
The SFCC course on algae includes training in the basics of algae biology, various growing technologies and harvesting techniques, and several of the markets (fuel, food, chemicals) that algae can impact.
In many cases participants will qualify for free tuition. Among those that will be considered for assistance are unemployed or dislocated workers, veterans or qualified spouses of veterans, workers in need of updated training, disabled persons and certain low-income citizens
More information is available at the SFCC website.