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

What motivates energy professionals?

Reimagine what you think about energy careers and the incredible opportunities that exist! View Get Into Energy's video for information on solar, wind, hydro, EV infrastructure, energy storage, and more, including job opportunities with more traditional power and fuel...

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Careers in Energy Week, Oct. 16-23

This week Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed Oct. 16-23, 2021, as Careers in Energy Week. Signed on Oct. 11, the proclamation states that "through collaboration, the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, housed at Centralia College, will promote and...

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EnergyCareers 2021: a virtual career event Oct. 20

EnergyCareers 2021, a national, virtual career fair, will be held on October 20, 2021. The free event is for jobseekers considering a career in energy and anyone wanting to learn more about future opportunities. EnergyCareers 2021 will showcase careers in energy for...

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Public Power Week: Oct. 3-9

Public power utilities across the U.S. celebrate an annual "Public Power Week" the first week of October. The event helps customers and stakeholders engage with their community-owned utility and benefit from its offerings. The American Public Power Association...

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HYDRO+ Series: A new virtual energy community

HYDRO+ Series is a new platform that provides a virtual community for energy solutions, education, and networking. Hosted by HYDROVISION International and Hydro Review, it brings timely and informative content year-round. The free, monthly series of virtual events...

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