Clean Energy Excellence

The Center of Excellence for Clean Energy is a statewide resource that represents the interests of the energy industry, and our labor partners, within the Washington State Community and Technical College system. We exist to narrow the gap between employers’ demands for a highly skilled workforce and the colleges’ ability to supply work-ready graduates. We convene industry and labor to help drive workforce development initiatives — and coordinate community college resources after industry and labor set the direction.

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Future growth in renewable energy depends on well-qualified workers. Learn about the need for a skilled workforce.

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Looking to add clean energy to your STEM, CTE or post-secondary curriculum? View our education resources to get started.

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Interested in exploring a career in clean energy? Learn about dozens of careers, search our job board, and find college programs to get started.

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About the Center

The Center leads a coordinated, strategic approach to clean energy workforce development for the region and works with regional partners to: define energy efficiency jobs, establish skill standards and identify job classifications, and create a regional clearinghouse for energy efficiency job openings.

News & Events

EnergyCareers 2020 virtual event Oct. 21

Want to discover and learn more about energy careers? EnergyCareers 2020 is a virtual career event from the Center for Energy Workforce Development on Oct. 21, 2020. The event will bring students, veterans, career changers, women, and under-represented groups in...

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House passes Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act

On September 24, the House passed H.R. 4447, the Clean Economy Jobs and Innovation Act, a $135 billion package that includes clean energy and workforce bills from the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Natural Resources Committee, and Committee on Science, Space,...

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$4M deficit projected for 2021-22 PUD budget

Strategies for balancing the budget are still being discussed by the Lewis County Public Utility District. The PUD held its public budget hearing on the 2021-22 budget via Zoom in early September, identifying a $4 million budget deficit. Strategies to balance the...

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Electricity 101: Learn the basics

How do people get electricity for daily use? Learn about how electricity is generated, transmitted, and distributed. The American Public Power Association explains The Electric Utility Network and Smart Grid. Read: Electricity Basics  

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