The Center of Excellence for Clean Energy and the Construction Center for Excellence present this year’s Best Practices Summit, with registration open now. The theme of this year’s Summit is “Building an Energized Future.”
In Matt Morrison’s eyes, the Pacific Northwest isn’t like Vegas; what happens here shouldn’t stay here, at least in terms of clean energy. He believes the way we solve the energy problem in the Northwest could serve as a powerful model not just for the U.S. and Canada, but for the rest of the world.
As executive director of the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER), he sees great potential in the future of clean energy, with the Northwest well-poised to lead the way in the areas of hydroelectric power and wind generation in particular.
“We can’t always use all the wind power we produce,” he explains. “This region is the best on the planet to implement energy storage systems. If we can really solve this issue, it will be a tremendous opportunity for the whole world.”
The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy (PNCECE) is hosting a Job Seekers Workshop for Energy Technology, Electronics, Robotics, and Automation Students and Graduates featuring an interview panel of local utilities representatives.
Register at the link below by April 1 to attend the April 7-8 Job Seekers Workshop.
NOTE: You must also submit a resume by April 1 to cindyretcs [at] gmail [dot] com.
The two-day workshop takes place at Centralia College’s Kemp Hall.
by Lisa Brunette
It was 2007, and Sara Bowles found herself out of a job. She’d survived the first round of layoffs at Westport Shipyard in Hoquiam, but the second one swiped a position as metal polisher right out from under her.
“I loved that job,” she says, recalling with fondness how she often came home covered in metal dust. “It was a killer job for the area, too. Close to town, good benefits, weekends off.”
The problem was, the maritime pleasure craft industry wasn’t exactly recession proof. She did finish work on metal handrails and other parts that went into multimillion dollar yachts, and when the economy tanked, there wasn’t as much call for those.
Washington DC – A bipartisan group of 17 governors today signed the Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future – a joint commitment to take action to promote clean energy, clean transportation choices, a modern electrical grid, and plan for a new energy future.
The Accord provides participating governors – a bipartisan coalition together representing 127 million Americans – with a platform through which their states will collaborate, learn from one another, and leverage partnerships in energy planning and policymaking.
Welcome to the Washington Centers of Excellence newsletter. Our mission is to serve as the statewide liaisons to business, industry, labor and the state’s educational systems for the purpose of creating a highly skilled and readily available workforce critical to the success of the industries driving the state’s economy and supporting Washington families.
Here’s a PDF copy of our January newsletter, where you’ll find updates from each Center on initiatives and programs:
PG&E announced today (Nov. 9) that it plans to extend its highly successful PowerPathway training program to include a first-ever cohort of active-duty service members.
Participants will receive training in gas and electric operations, with PG&E committed to hiring eight of the 15 graduates.
This new training effort will be launched in early 2016 at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, Wash. The program will be exclusively for service members stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), a U.S. Army-U.S. Air Force installation located south of Tacoma.
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility plans to hire 365 employees in various shipyard trades, according to government employment web site USA Jobs. Read the story at q13fox.com.
Apply by Friday, Jan. 8, 2016: See usajobs.gov for job announcement and to apply online.
Bates Technical College President, Dr. Ron Langrell welcomed The 10th Annual Centers of Excellence for Clean Energy and Construction, Best Practices Summit to Bates South Campus in Tacoma, Washington in late May. The topic of Clean Tech: Washington’s WISE Future set the stage for the 2-day event that brought together education, labor and the clean energy and construction industries. The event was hosted by the Centers of Excellence for Clean Energy and Construction with Executive Directors, Barbara Hins-Turner and Shana Peschek.
Brian Young, newly appointed Clean Technology Sector lead with the Washington Department of Commerce presented the keynote on innovations in the Clean Technology industries. Clean Technology is one of seven industries targeted by the Department of Commerce as an economic development driver for the state. This topic is well-supported by Governor Inslee and Executive Order 14-04: Washington Carbon Pollution Reduction and Clean Energy Action.
One of the major highlights of the day was the announcement made by Mary Kaye Bredeson, executive director of the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing that Washington employers can now be certified as “work ready,” positioning the state to better compete for jobs, business growth and economic development. Washington joins 20 states promoting similar efforts. The certification program uses the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) to demonstrate employee skills.
Pat McCarty, power generation manager, Tacoma Power and Chair of the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy Advisory Board welcomed guests to the second day of the event stating, “The Summit provides a great opportunity for labor, industry and education to network and consider new approaches to meeting workforce challenges.” Matthew Cutts, critical infrastructure program manager with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers moderated a panel that addressed the potential for a Cascadia Earthquake and preparedness techniques.
Kairie Pierce of the Washington State Labor Council, also in attendance said, “The Best Practices Summit is a great opportunity for educators to hear from both business and labor experts in the construction and energy industries. Labor leaders representing workers throughout the state of Washington offer ideas and observations of job growth trends and what kinds of workers should be filling the available job’s pipeline.”
Other speakers and topics included:
- Virtual Design and Construction – The Future of the Construction Industry with Trevor Lunde, integrated design engineer, GLY
- WorkReady Washington – Developing skills related to employment in Washington Building WorkReady Communities with the National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC)
- Technology, Sustainability and Safety with Yancy Wright, CEO, ALTERNAVIDA
- Social Media Panel with Mary Kaye Bredeson, executive director for the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing and experts