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Senator Cantwell with PNCECE staff

Senator Cantwell visits Center of Excellence for Clean Energy in April 2015

2015

  • Washington state Centers of Excellence earn Exemplary Leadership award, April 24, 2015, Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC), The directors of Washington state’s Centers of Excellence were awarded the Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leadership award at the Chair Academy’s April International Leadership conference. The award is given to postsecondary education leaders or leadership teams that have enhanced educational opportunities on their campuses.
  • Sen. Cantwell sees fruits of Clean Energy grant, April 9, 2015
  • James Ratzenberger, Cliff from Cheers, Keynote, with COE Directors

    James Ratzenberger, Cliff from Cheers, Keynote, with COE Directors (left to right): Shana Peschek, Construction; MaryKaye Bredeson, Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing; Barbara Hins-Turner, Clean Energy; and Ann Avary, Marine Manufacturing. Core Plus Skills Center Meeting, January 2015

    Core Plus Skills Center Meeting, January 2015. James Ratzenberger, Cliff from Cheers, Keynote.

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2011

2010-11 PNCECE Annual Report

PNCECE Annual Report, 2010-2011

Jamie Krause, Asst. Director, PNCECE; James Walton, President, Centralia College; and Barbara Hins-Turner, Director, PNCECE

Jamie Krause, Asst. Director, PNCECE; Dr. James Walton, President, Centralia College; and Barbara Hins-Turner, Director, PNCECE, receive Bellwether Award, January 2011

2010

  • Senator Cantwell announces $11 million for Smart Grid Workforce Training, April 8, 2010
  • International presence at the U.S.-Canada Clean Energy Conference and part of the U.S. Department of Education delegation to Germany
  • Awarded a $5 Million 3 year Department of Energy Smart Grid Workforce Grant creating the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy

2009-10 COE Annual Report

Center of Excellence for Energy Technology Annual Report, 2009-2010

2009

  • College energy program recognized, Business to Business, August 2009
  • Centers codified into state law; officially named the Washington State Center of Excellence for Energy Technology
  • Center of Excellence was commissioned by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Taskforce (NEET), NEET Report, October 2009
  • Partnership with the Veterans Conservation Corps established to bring skilled veterans to the energy sector
  • Initiated first ever skill panel and skill standards for Wind Turbine Technicians

2008

2007

  • Partner in a three-year $5 million WIRED grant to expand energy workforce opportunities

Center of Excellence receives Governors Award

Barbara Hins-Turner (center), COE director, receives Governors Award, December 2007

2006

  • Skill Panel/Skill Standard Project launched for key occupations in the energy sector
  • Name changed to Center of Excellence for Energy Technology

2005

  • The Center of Excellence for Power Generation and Transmission established by the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges