Our Mission

Washington’s Centers of Excellence serve as statewide liaisons to business, industry, and the educational system, providing support for economic development.

Strategic coordination includes:

Washington’s Community & Technical College Energy Technology

The Center works closely with industry and education partners to share industry trends and best practices.

  • Due to the evolution within the industry, the number of energy programs within Washington’s community & technical colleges (CTC) has grown from five in 2005 to 23 today.
  • Each college with an energy program has a specific technology/trade focus: Walla Walla offers wind; Spokane offers lineworker; Shoreline offers solar; Columbia Basin offers nuclear; Centralia offers power plant operations.
  • The Center serves on and presents to many CTC energy advisory committees.
  • CTC energy programs present at the Center’s bi-annual Advisory Board meetings.
  • PNCECE supports the development of new BAS programs related to energy – such as South Seattle College’s BAS in Sustainable Building Science Technology and Cascadia’s BAS in Sustainable Practices.

Research

The Center works closely with industry and research partners, such as WSU Energy Program, to publish best practices and industry trends.

  • The Center offers numerous publications including labor market data, 14 occupational summaries, 18 occupational skill standards, an Energy Education Resource Guide, and countless white papers that support the Pacific Northwest’s energy workforce.
  • It supports energy career awareness through events such as Careers in Energy Week.

Funding

PNCECE receives operational funding from the state and applies for grants and contracts to support additional programs and projects.

  • The Center has a proven progression of leadership in managing grant funded projects of more than $30 million during an eight-year period.
  • The Center and Centralia College have experienced technical and fiscal staff who have successfully secured and managed large state and federal grants.
  • Such grants include funding from the U.S. Departments of: Labor, Energy and Commerce; the National Science Foundation; and industry contracts such as Northwest Energy Efficiency Taskforce (NEET).

Dissemination

PNCECE is charged with sharing industry trends and best practices through local, statewide, regional and national conferences, presentations and workshops.

  • Publications, such as skill standards/profiles, education resource guides, newsletters and labor market studies are available online and in hardcopy formats.
  • Visit cleanenergyexcellence.org/resources to view energy industry publications and resources.