The 2016 Energy & Construction Best Practices Summit is scheduled for May 18-19, 2016, at Bates Technical College (South Campus), 2201 South 78th St., Tacoma WA 98409. The Keynote Speaker is Matt Morrison, Chief Executive Officer, PNWER.
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
SPOKANE, WA June 1, 2015 – Washington employees can now be certified as “work ready,” positioning the state to better compete for jobs, business growth and economic development.
The announcement came late last week at the 10th annual Energy and Construction Best Practices summit at Bates Technical College in Tacoma, putting Washington on the national map of more than 20 states promoting similar efforts. The certification program uses the National Career Readiness certificate (NCRC) to demonstrate employee skills.
“This new initiative is a result of our commitment to building a world-class business climate. The program boosts Washington’s ability to compete as a business friendly state by helping to match qualified employees with world-class employers – a win for both workers and businesses,” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said.
The NCRC is a nationally recognized credential that measures relevant foundational work skills including reading comprehension, applied mathematics and critical thinking. To encourage employees throughout Washington State to take the test, platinum-level NCRC certificates will have the governor’s signature. Platinum is the highest certification level an individual can receive.
The statewide initiative, called Work Ready Washington, had three of its founding partners in attendance for the announcement last week, including representatives from the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, and Lower Columbia College.
“Employers throughout Washington reported needing employees with specific workplace skills, and in response, we worked hard to ensure a statewide solution, which was created in partnership with education, workforce development, and business” said Dawn Karber, Chief Operations Officer of the Spokane Area Workforce Development Council.
“These are the skills businesses report needing to succeed and grow, and we are so pleased to have the support of our governor,” said MaryKaye Bredeson, Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing.
“Companies consider the NCRC credential as part of their location and expansion decisions. It’s a measure of how many workers there are with skills they need,” said Hahli Clark, Lower Columbia College Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships & Training.
Individuals interested in pursuing the certification have an opportunity to prepare for the assessment by using KeyTrain, a virtual study guide available at WorkSource centers throughout the state. “As a partner in the WorkSource system, I’m proud our training programs, like KeyTrain, help produce a skilled, trained workforce prepared to work hard for Washington’s employers,” said Dale Peinecke, Commissioner of the state’s Employment Security Department. “This new certification is just one more reason businesses nationwide can trust Washington will deliver a world-class workforce.”
There are already more than 3,400 NCRC certified employees in Washington State due to pilot projects that tested the certification’s relevance and demand in the state. Work Ready Washington is seeking to bring that total to 32,000 over the next two years and is seeking support from 3,000 employers to publicly endorse the credential.
Re-published from www.wdcspokane.com
Day 1, May 28
8:00–9:00 am, Auditorium, Building E
Registration, Continental Breakfast, Visit Vendor Booths
9:00–9:10 am, Auditorium
9:30-10:15 am, Auditorium
10:45–11:00 am, Auditorium
Virtual Design and Construction – The Future of the Construction Industry
Noon-1:00 pm, Building A Dining Room
1:15–2:00 pm, Auditorium
Work Ready Washington – Plenary Work Ready Washington
2:15-3:00 pm, various locations
3:30-5:00 pm, Auditorium
Apprenticeship in Washington State
5:00-7:00 pm, Building A Dining Room
Social Hour and Northwest Dinner
Day 2, May 29
8:00-9:00 am, Building E, room E104
Continental Breakfast and Networking
9:00 am, Auditorium
Opening Keynote and Panel Moderator
10:30-11:30 am, Auditorium
Subject Matter Expert Panel, Dr. Leon Kempners
11:30-12:30 pm, E104
12:30-1:30 pm, Building A Dining Room
Energy Educators Association Meeting
Tacoma Power, Lewis County PUD, and Bonneville Power Administration signed a long-term agreement that will improve natural fish runs in western Washington’s Cowlitz River. At the same time, Tacoma Power and Lewis County PUD have formalized an agreement to work cooperatively when the time comes to seek relicensing from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for their respective dams in the Cowlitz River basin. Continue reading this story about utility collaboration.
Link to Northwest Public Power Association, Jan. 2015 Bulletin includes this story (page 27) and other Washington state utility news.
(OLYMPIA, Wash.) The Centers of Excellence announced today that 2014 marks the 10th year anniversary of their founding.
Ten years ago, the Centers of Excellence were established by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and in 2009, they were codified by the state Legislature. The centers are flagship institutions that build and sustain Washington’s competitive advantage through statewide leadership. Each center focuses on a targeted industry that drives the state’s economy and is built upon a reputation for fast, flexible and responsive workforce development to support education and training programs.
Centers have led and supported the development of rigorous skills standards to meet industry training needs, collaborated on grant projects to support workforce training and are involved with national boards and organizations. They ensure that leading edge thinking, best practices and technologies are introduced into the community and technical college system.
“Since their inception, Centers of Excellence have been at the forefront of our community and technical college system’s strategy to better supply business and industry partners with highly skilled, workforce-ready graduates,” Jim Crabbe, SBCTC’s director of workforce education, said. “Our centers convene stakeholders, problem solve, and disseminate their solutions to the 34 colleges in our system, sharpening Washington’s competitive edge. It has been a journey of continuous improvement over the past 10 years and the sky is the limit.”
Today, the centers continue to lead workforce and economic development strategies for the community and technical college system. For example, the centers have supported a “pathway” model that organizes curricula into series of stackable, integrated credentials within various professional interest areas. This approach gives students the opportunity to move from short-term certificates to associate degrees and, ultimately, to baccalaureate and higher-level studies within their chosen career paths, continually increasing their earning power as they upgrade at every level. Today’s Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) degrees are taking this approach one step further, providing a predictable, efficient path to a bachelor’s degree for students who hold professional-technical associate degrees.
The 10 centers serving Washington’s community and technical college system are: Agriculture hosted at Walla Walla Community College, Allied Health at Yakima Valley Community College, Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing at Everett Community College, Clean Energy at Centralia College, Construction at Renton Technical College, Education at Green River Community College, Homeland Security Emergency Management at Pierce College, Information and Computing Technology at Bellevue College, Global Trade and Supply Chain Management at Highline College, and Marine Manufacturing and Technology at Skagit Valley College. For more information, visit www.coewa.com.
About the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges: The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges is led by a Governor-appointed board and provides leadership, advocacy, and coordination for Washington’s system of 34 public community and technical colleges. Each year, nearly 400,000 students train for the workforce, prepare to transfer to a university, gain basic math and English skills, or pursue continuing education. Visit our website at SBCTC.edu.
Careers in Energy Week celebrated by statewide events in 2014
There is a real demand for a tech-savvy workforce to support high-skill, high-wage jobs. The right education and training will provide men and women a rewarding, well-paying career that generates and delivers power to millions of people every day.
Governor Inslee and Mayors within Washington signed proclamations to increase awareness of rewarding careers and training opportunities within energy. For the fourth year, the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy (PNCECE), a Centralia College partnership, and the Washington State Labor Council coordinated statewide events that supported a national initiative to promote high-skill high-wage energy careers.
“The demand for highly skilled employees is real and is here right now,” Troy Nutter, manager of operational training at Puget Sound Energy. “PSE has 50 openings representing 42 occupations; and like other utilities, we’re challenged to find highly trained people to fill them.”
Careers in Energy Week, which was held Oct. 13 – 18, reached more than 4,283 students, parents, teachers, counselors and veterans in 19 various activities throughout the state. Teachers became apprentices for the day at Avista’s Jack Stewart Training Center in Spokane; an afterschool meet and greet was held at Spokane Valley Tech; and utility employees, such as Tacoma Power and Lewis County PUD, participated in career fairs throughout the state.
“We’re proud to have sponsored this fourth year of events, Barbara Hins-Turner, executive director of PNCECE said. “We’ve coordinated more events that have reached more people than any other state in the nation.”
The week offered an opportunity to reach out to K-20 students, faculty and parents about the energy industry and great careers it provides. It’s not an industry that students immediately think of when planning their futures (Centralia College graduates have earned $15 – $36 an hour in their first energy-related job – which may include an apprenticeship program). Most energy-related jobs require an understanding of science, technology, engineering and math.
Related 2014 documents
Governor Jay Inslee’s proclamation
Centralia Mayor Bonnie Canaday’s proclamation
Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland’s proclamation
Careers in Energy Events and Partners
Careers in Energy Poster for high school counselors. Contact us for free posters.
Careers in Energy Week story within Southwest Washington Family Magazine (October 2014, pgs 2-27)
Avista sees range of job openings over next five to 10 years by Becky Kramer, The Spokesman-Review (Oct. 14, 2014)
Careers in Energy Week presentation (pdf)
Interested in promoting your Careers in Energy Week activity? Contact Barbara Hins-Turner for more information.
Sept 29, 2014 (Centralia WA): Executive Directors of the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy and Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing attended an event hosted by Vice President Joe Bidden at the White House today announcing the award winners of the final round of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grants.
Vice President Joe Biden was joined by U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan during the announcement. Two hundred seventy community colleges will receive $450 million to expand job-driven training partnerships between community colleges and employers as part of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The grantees will partner with 400 employers. (see attached press release from the White House)
“We are thrilled to report that we are a recipient,” Barbara Hins-Turner, Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, said. “This project is culmination of a multi-year effort to coordinate the public workforce system to support sustainable development in our most critical industries: Clean Energy, Construction and Advanced Manufacturing.”
The nearly $10 million project, entitled Washington Integrated Sector Employment (WISE), is a statewide initiative that will reach 1,992 adults including veterans. WISE brings together the clean energy, construction, and advanced manufacturing sectors to create a cluster that will prepare participants for employment in entry level, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship occupations. It will address the unique needs of unemployed, or under-employed dislocated workers, using innovative and sophisticated strategies.
WISE will be led by three Centers of Excellence (Clean Energy, Construction and Aerospace Advance Manufacturing) and includes eight community and technical colleges, five workforce investment boards, the state’s TAA coordinating agency, the Washington State Labor Council and a dozen major employers.
“Washington’s Centers of Excellence are uniquely positioned as economic development drivers in industries that help the state’s economy grow,” Mary Kaye Bredeson, Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, said. “These centers align with the Governor’s sector strategy for energy, construction and advanced manufacturing.”
The Centers have demonstrated excellence in industry engagement with employers within each sector such as Avista, Royelle Manufacturing, Pacific Tool, Tacoma Power, Puget Sound Energy, Spokane Homebuilders Association and others.
WISE will establish a focused process for assessing the prior work experience, skills and interests of qualified participants (dislocated workers, veterans and spouses, women and minorities) to leverage pre-existing qualifications, identify effective program options and levels, and position participants to achieve efficient, positive training outcomes and career success. Its strategies include using the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), developing new training, and career navigating.
Cascadia is Expanding Job Opportunities in the State’s Green Economy
BOTHELL, Wash. – Cascadia College earned approval to offer its first baccalaureate degree beginning fall quarter of 2015. The degree, a Bachelor in Applied Science in Sustainable Practices, will prepare graduates for careers in the state’s growing green economy.
“The degree is a product of thousands of hours of work by Cascadia faculty, administrators, and leaders of dozens of businesses including the Department of Ecology, Puget Sound Energy, and Waste Management,” Rosemary Sutton, Ph.D., Cascadia’s Vice President for Student Learning and Student Success, said. “Our goal was to design a four-year degree that would meet pressing industry needs and lead graduates directly to well-paying jobs.”
Washington state industries are being required to reduce carbon emissions and improve energy efficiencies but there is a currently a gap in the workforce. Graduates of Cascadia’s BAS in Sustainable Practices will be trained to work with cities or communities, business or labor partners, and public or private industry to develop, implement, and evaluate practices and programs designed to achieve environmental objectives.
“There really isn’t anything else like Cascadia’s degree being offered in the state or even in the country,” Ron Wheadon, Special Assistant to the Vice President, said. “The graduates of this program will combine management and communication skills with technical and scientific skills to create real solutions to environmental and energy problems.”
Cascadia’s BAS in Sustainable Practices has been approved by the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges under the authority of RCW 28B.50.810 and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
For a limited time, full tuition/fees/book scholarships are offered to bioenergy students – through the generous support of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
The Plant Operations program through Walla Walla Community College launched in Fall 2013. Plant Operations includes a core of electrical maintenance courses — supported by additional courses emphasizing applied sciences, process controls, mechanical maintenance, communications, professionalism, and safety.
Graduates with these types of skills are in-demand by a wide array of industries that we are partnering with, including: established and advanced biorefineries, drinking water systems, wastewater treatment plants, composters, material recovery facilities, waste-to-energy facilities, landfills, dairy digesters, pulp and paper mills, potato starch plants, cheese/yogurt processors, forest product processors, power plants, oilseed processors, and hybrid poplar energy farms.