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

Battery backup systems for California homes

To help customers prepare for outages, as well as provide services to the grid every day, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) in Oakland, CA, has launched the Resilient Home program. Partnering with solar and storage developer Sunrun, the program aims to deploy over...

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Solar Career Map: a solar energy career mapping tool

The Interstate Renewable Energy Council provides an interactive mapping tool for careers in solar energy. The Solar Career Map explores 40 of the many careers that can be found within the solar energy industry, in areas such as Project Development, System Design,...

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Wind Career Map: a wind energy career mapping tool

Check out the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Career Map, an interactive mapping tool, to explore wind energy occupations, job descriptions across the industry, how to progress between careers, and to identify training needed. The career map covers many careers in...

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How one student kickstarted a career in clean energy

Thinking about a career as a clean energy scientist and developing solutions that could have a positive impact on the world, Vanessa Zambrano participated in the University of Washington Clean Energy Institute (CEI) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)...

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