About the Biofuels & Energy Conservation Initiative

Biofuels & Energy

Our mission

The mission of Alpena Community College is to meet lifelong learning needs by providing educational opportunities through effective stewardship of resources.

Customized training in the topics above was developed and delivered to support plant startup of the Alpena Biorefinery, the only cellulosic ethanol plant operating in Michigan.  Currently employing 33 new hires related to training, the plant is working with the College to develop a credit-bearing tract to support projected plant expansion and need for new hires trained in biofuels plant operations. The tract is currently based upon the Electrical Maintenance Technician program, which may be viewed here.


 Course Offerings

  • Effluent Treatment Training
  • Distillation and Dehydration
  • Fermentation
  • Evaporation
  • Sugars Preparation
  • Pumps, Valves, Heat Exchangers
  • Fall Protection and Scaffold Use
  • Fire Protection
  • Arc Flash and Electrical Safety
  • Hearing Protection
  • MSDS/Right to Know
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • OSHA Reporting Procedures
  • Confined Space
  • Respiratory Fitness
  • Ergonomics
  • Lockout/Tagout
  • First Aid/CPR
Record of Trainee Participation

Unduplicated Trainees: 33

Industry Validation / Credentials Earned

Total Credentials Earned: 73

  • Distillation and Water Treatment: 10
  • Forklift Safety: 21
  • First Aid / CPR: 21
  • Respiratory Fitness Training: 21

New Hires Related to Training

Total New Hires Related to Training: 33