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

Oregon startup aims to improve battery storage capacity

ESS Tech Inc. of Oregon is using flow battery technology to meet the need for long-duration energy storage with batteries that can discharge electricity for up to 12 hours. Flow batteries have the potential to be an important part of the energy transition because they...

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The future of offshore and onshore wind power

The world's leading wind power experts were asked to predict what the industry will look like in 2035. The results from those surveyed indicate that wind power development projects will more frequently be paired with batteries or hydrogen production. Also, cost...

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‘Troops to Energy Jobs’ virtual career fair, May 24

The energy industry has a large need for skilled trade professionals, engineers, technicians, plant operators, cybersecurity experts, and business professionals. The Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is hosting a free, virtual career fair recruitment...

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