Find out how the support received from the WISE grant is making a difference for students, in a series of articles recording the advances, best practices, and program development made possible through the WISE Grant.
The 2018 U.S. Energy and Employment Report was unveiled in Washington, D.C. on May 16, by Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), former Energy Secretary Ernest J. Moniz and others.
According to the new report, Washington State has 150,000 energy jobs, over a third of which are energy efficiency jobs. In addition, 2.8 percent of all U.S. energy efficiency jobs are in Washington, making the state a national leader. Nationwide employment in this sector is expected to continue to increase, with energy efficiency employment projected to grow another 9% in 2018, and energy efficiency construction jobs projected to grow by 11%.
“Our nation is embarking on one of the greatest economic opportunities, and that is a clean, efficient, energy economy,” said Senator Cantwell during the Capitol Hill event.
In 2016, Senator Cantwell hosted a roundtable at Pacific Northwest National Lab in Richland, Wash., with then Energy Secretary Moniz. The event marked the release of a study by Senator Cantwell that included information on the role that Centralia College’s Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy has played in developing an energy workforce throughout the state.
“The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy has served the region for the past 12 years representing the needs and interests of the energy industry and labor partners. We are charged with narrowing the gap between employers’ demands for a highly skilled workforce and the college’s ability to supply work-ready graduates,” said Barbara Hins-Turner, Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy.
The world’s largest Hydropower event will take place June 26-28, 2018, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
HydroVision International will provide recent graduates and job seekers with career information in renewable energy and green technology industries. Over 300 companies from around the world will be on hand recruiting new hires. Attendees will have access to more than 3,000 careers in computer technology, mechanical engineering, infrastructure redevelopment, biology, electrical engineering, and water resources management.
The Hydro Research Foundation and Hiring for Hydro program will provide information, and scholarships will be available for eligible registrants. For more information and to apply, see Hydro Young Professionals and HydroVision Hiring for Hydro announcement.
Hiring for Hydro is a recruiting and educational event for new workforce entrants in the hydropower industry in the Pacific Northwest. Students, educators, hydro companies and their recruiters meet to network and recruit a future workforce. This year’s event takes place on Feb. 21 at the Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel, 1401 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97201. For more information, go to the Hydro Research Foundation website.
- Learn about exciting advances in hydropower.
- Network with others interested in renewable energy.
- Awards luncheon – potential to receive industry scholarship awards for students.
- Hear from experts about the abundant career opportunities in the industry.
- Meet with industry recruiters.
- Participate in an education session where you will be provided with interviewing guidance and best practice, hydropower resources from industry professionals, and guidance with your elevator speech.
The Original Renewable Energy: Hydropower Industry is Creating Jobs
The hydropower industry employs over 300,000 workers. With an expanding fleet of hydropower resources and a retiring workforce, now is the time to join the industry. Hydropower continues to grow, and estimates show that 1.4 million jobs could be created by 2025. This industry is stable, pays well, and provides benefits that are hard to beat. For more information on jobs in hydropower, go to the National Hydropower Association website.
Jobs in the Hydropower Industry
- Installation Technicians
- Plant Operators
- Plant Efficiency Operators
- Electrical Engineers
- Mechanical Engineers
- Maintenance Technicians
Shoreline Community College was awarded a National Science Foundation grant to enhance its Clean Energy Technology (CET) program over the next three years.
The $168,242 grant will assure that the CET program is equipped to ensure students develop a skill set that prepares them for high-skill technology jobs in the field of clean energy. Careers in the green building sector continue to see steady growth, particularly in the Greater Seattle area, which surpasses the nation in energy management and systems technology jobs.
With the National Science Foundation funding, Shoreline Community College will upgrade its Clean Energy Technology curriculum to expedite graduates’ placement into energy design and management jobs. The program will also include long-term project-based learning experiences to give students first-hand experience with authentic research and field activities that they will conduct once they are employed.
Over the past year, the PNCECE Advisory Board, comprised of energy industry and labor leaders along with education partners, thoughtfully considered the issues and challenges facing our Center, our students, Washington’s Community and Technical College system, and the energy industry in the Pacific Northwest.
We engaged with focus groups across Washington State for a candid assessment of our organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges. We heard consistently that it is the strength of our partnership with industry, labor and education that has been the pillar of our success.
Since our founding in 2004, the Center’s impact has grown from five to 20 energy sector programs offered throughout the Washington State community college system. These programs support the industry’s diverse workforce needs and technological advances in niche areas of energy such as smart grid, solar, energy efficiency, hydro and wind energy technology, while continuing to support the core curriculum of power generation, transmission and distribution programs.
Read the full PNCECE Strategic Plan 2017-2020.
The American Jobs Project seeks to provide a research-driven guide for state and local leaders who want to ensure quality jobs for Washingtonians.
The Washington Jobs Project: A Guide to Creating Jobs in Grid Modernization was created by the American Jobs Project in partnership with the University of Washington and Western Washington University. Information was obtained from dozens of interviews with government, nonprofit, academic, and business leaders in Washington.
The report summarizes Washington’s competitive advantage in grid modernization. It provides a guide for growing state industry by capitalizing on growing market opportunities and aligning manufacturing with critical economic system components — including access to capital, innovation ecosystems, and workforce development.
According to the report, with the right policies, Washington’s grid modernization industry could employ an average of 13,800 Washingtonians annually over the next 13 years.
The Washington Jobs Project is intended to stimulate discussion of future growth potential and opportunities for barrier removal in the grid modernization industry.
Read the full report:
The Washington Jobs Project: A Guide to Creating Jobs in Grid Modernization
Learn more, including a Policy Bank detailing best practices and innovative ideas for job growth in advanced industries:
American Jobs Project
On behalf of the Washington Clean Energy and Construction Centers of Excellence, we are pleased to share the full Program Agenda for the 12th Annual Best Practices Summit on June 1 and 2 in the new Centralia College TransAlta Commons building.
We have an exciting venue lined up ranging from Mark Taylor, an expert on multi-generations in the workforce and classroom, to best practice apprenticeship models in energy, construction, manufacturing, and cybersecurity.
New this year is an evening Northwest salmon and steak dinner with keynote on June 1. Chris Reykdal, WA Office of Public Instruction, will be talking about bridging K-12 and CTC workforce education. In addition, Governor Jay Inslee will be joining us for the social hour.
We hope that you are able to join us! Please register below.
Information and to Register:
12th Annual Energy & Construction Best Practices Summit
2017 Summit Program Agenda
We hope to see you there,
Barbara and Shana
Attention High School Students! Meet and engage in hands-on activities with mechanical and electrical engineers, plant mechanics and operators, divers, and linemen!
Now is the time to apply for the week-long Foundation for Water & Energy Education (FWEE) Hydropower and STEM Career Academy at Chelan PUD’s Rocky Reach Dam in Wenatchee, WA, June 19-23.
STEM challenges will include exploring the physics of producing hydropower, racing solar cars, and flying drones.
The Academy is open to students throughout the Northwest with a GPA of 2.5 or better. Over the course of the week, educational pathways will unfold as students connect career options to four-year college, community college and/or apprenticeship options that best suit their interests.
“Here in central Washington, we are in the heart of the Northwest hydropower industry. There are thousands of exciting and dynamic jobs that can lead to high-paying and rewarding careers for area students to consider. The FWEE STEM Academy provides a wonderful opportunity for students to see what hydro has to offer,” said Chuck Allen, Grant County PUD.
Energy Department Releases New Data on Energy Workforce Employment
Washington, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) applauded the U.S. Department of Energy’s new report on national energy employment and urged support of energy workforce training programs.
“This report reinforces findings from the Quadrennial Energy Review—we don’t have enough trained workers to fill the 1.5 million new energy jobs by 2030,” Sen. Cantwell said. “We must work to shrink the skills gap and fill the more than 300,000 expected new, good-paying energy jobs in 2017 alone, by investing in workforce training and apprenticeship programs.”
Commissioned by Secretary Ernest Moniz, the Energy Jobs Strategy Council (EJSC) today released the 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report, which analyzes current and anticipated energy sector employment needs. The report found that 6.4 million Americans now work in the traditional energy and energy efficiency industries, which added over 300,000 net new jobs in 2016—14 percent of the nation’s job growth. Nationwide, the energy industry is expected to add 198,000 energy efficiency jobs, 78,000 transmission jobs, 76,000 solar and wind jobs, and 81,000 jobs in the motor vehicles sector in 2017.