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

New Interim Director of Clean Energy Center of Excellence

Jake Fay, Dean of Instruction at Centralia College, recently announced Terry Cox as the new Interim Director for the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy. "Terry has an abundance of knowledge in the community college system, as well as an impressive history in...

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BPA now hiring, apply by Jan. 23

Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is now hiring Apprentice Linemen, Apprentice Electrician, and Apprentice Substation Operators. BPA has 22 apprentice jobs open, and these openings will close Jan. 23, 2021: Step-2 Apprentice Linemen Step-2 Apprentice Electricians...

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Washington releases 2021 State Energy Strategy

The Washington State Department of Commerce released its Washington 2021 State Energy Strategy in December 2020. The strategy is designed to provide a roadmap for meeting the state's greenhouse gas emission limits. Enacted in 2020, the law commits Washington to limits...

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WA State agencies adopt rules for clean electricity law

The Washington State Department of Commerce and Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) adopted administrative rules for implementation of the Clean Energy Transformation Act (CETA), the state law passed last year requiring an electricity supply free...

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Gov. Inslee announces climate policy for 2021-23

Gov. Jay Inslee announced his climate policy for the 2021-23 biennium for Washington state. The 2021-23 climate investments include: $20M for grants to nonprofit lenders for clean energy loans, $15M for grid modernization projects, $15M for research and development...

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