The academy, which is sponsored by the Foundation for Water and Energy Education (FWEE) and host partner Chelan County PUD, focuses on hydropower careers that require science, technology, engineering and mathematic skills (STEM).
Here you’ll find a list of community and technology colleges under the energy and pre-engineering umbrella–from Bates to Yakima. You’ll also get details on the specific programs offered by each, from Electrical Construction to Plant Operations to Wind Technology.
The guide features a story that generated a lot of buzz when we posted it to our Facebook page. “From Shipyard to Heat Pumps” is a real-life ‘Rosie the Riveter’ tale about a single mother who, after being laid off from her beloved shipyard job, successfully transitioned into a career in the energy field.
Also included in the guide is a list of clean energy employers in Washington state and a handy map of the colleges with energy and pre-engineering programs.
Get the guide as a PDF at this link.
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.