Grants and Projects

Washington Integrated Sector Employment (WISE)

The WISE grant project brings together the clean energy, advanced manufacturing and construction sectors to prepare participants for employment in entry level, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship occupations. It addresses the unique needs of unemployed, or under-employed dislocated workers, using innovative and sophisticated strategies.


WISE Executive Leadership Team

The WISE Executive Leadership Team provides oversight for a nearly $10 million U.S. Department of Labor TAACCCT Round 4 grant, called Washington Integrated Sector Employment (WISE). Comprised of members from industry (energy, advanced manufacturing and construction industries), organized labor and workforce development, the team provides strategic guidance to the WISE consortium and serves as a resource for partners to ensure grant goals are achieved. The consortium is comprised of three Washington state Centers of Excellence (Energy, Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing and Construction) and eight community and technical colleges.


WISE Media

See Washington Integrated Sector Employment (WISE) grant Press and Media releases.


WISE Statistics

This WISE data dashboard displays up-to-date grant program outcomes.


NSF S-STEM Advanced Tech Ed Grant – SSC

The NSF S-STEM Advanced Tech Ed Grant at South Seattle College is Expanding Lifelong STEM Career Pathways in Sustainable Building Science Technology.


NSF Advanced Tech Ed Grant – BTC

The NSF Advanced Tech Ed Grant at Bates Technical College is Advancing Training Pathways for the Sustainable Energy Workforce.


U.S. Department of Energy Smart Grid Grant

The Smart Grid Workforce Development project achieved three major objectives:

  1. Deliver smart grid training for utility workers in a five state region of the Pacific Northwest.
  2. Create an online smart grid training and information portal for utilities, businesses, and consumers.
  3. Share best practices on smart grid training using a regional approach.

Complete List of Grants and Projects:

The Center of Excellence for Clean Energy and Centralia College have experienced technical and fiscal staff who have successfully secured and managed large state and federal grants. The Center has a proven progression of leadership in managing and supporting grant-funded projects of over $30 million during an eight-year period. Such grants and funding include:

U.S. Department of Labor

Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College & Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant  – Washington Integrated Sector for Employment (WISE)

PROJECT DURATION: 10/01/2014 – 9/30/2018
COST: Total Project Value: $9,994,854
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Barbara Hins-Turner, Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, A Centralia College Partnership
FISCAL AGENT: Centralia College


National Science Foundation

Advanced Tech Ed Grant – Teaching Sustainability through Problem Based Learning Communities: Professional Development for the Teachers of  Tomorrow’s Green Economy Technicians

PROJECT DURATION: 08/15/2014 – 07/31/2017
COST: Total Project Value: $199,924
SUB-RECIPIENT PROJECT MANAGER: Barbara Hins-Turner, Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, A Centralia College Partnership
FISCAL AGENT: Community Colleges of Spokane (Spokane Falls CC)
AWARD NUMBER:  #1400699


National Science Foundation

S-STEM: Scholar Science, Technology, English and Math, Advanced Tech Ed grant – Expanding Lifelong STEM Career Pathways in Sustainable Building
Science Technology

PROJECT DURATION: 08/01/2014 – 07/31/2017
COST: Total Project Value: $862,080
SUB-RECIPIENT PROJECT MANAGER: Barbara Hins-Turner, Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, A Centralia College Partnership
FISCAL AGENT: Seattle Community College District (South Seattle Community College)
AWARD NUMBER: #1406320


National Science Foundation

Advanced Technical Education Grant – Advancing Training Pathways for the Sustainable Energy Workforce

PROJECT DURATION: 07/01/2014 – 06/30/2017
COST: Total Project Value: $199,996
SUB-RECIPIENT PROJECT MANAGER: Barbara Hins-Turner, Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, A Centralia College Partnership
FISCAL AGENT: Bellingham Technical College
AWARD NUMBER: #1400490


U.S. Department of Commerce

Technical Assistance Grant – Academy of Energy Entrepreneurism

PROJECT DURATION: 10/01/2012 – 06/30/2014
COST: Total Project Value: $175,896     DOC/Non-DOC Share: $87,948/ $87,948
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Barbara Hins-Turner, Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, A Centralia College Partnership
FISCAL AGENT: Centralia College


U.S. Department of Energy

Smart Grid Workforce Development Project – ARRA Workforce Training Grant

PROJECT DURATION: 08/01/2010 – 07/30/2013
COST: Total Project Value: $11,831,977     DOE/Non-DOE Share: $4,998,859/ $6,833,118
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Barbara Hins-Turner, Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, A Centralia College Partnership
FISCAL AGENT: Centralia College


National Science Foundation

Advanced Tech Ed Grant – Meeting the Challenge of Energy Management in a Carbon-Constrained World

PROJECT DURATION: 08/01/2010 – 07/30/2014
COST: $628,253
PRINICPAL INVESTIGATOR: Alison Pugh, Edmonds Community College
CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Barbara Hins-Turner, Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, A Centralia College Partnership
FISCAL AGENT: Edmonds Community College
AWARD NUMBER:  #1002931


Center for Energy Workforce Development

Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) – Get Into Energy program

PROJECT DURATION: 08/01/2010 – 06/30/2013
COST: Total Project Cost: CEWD received a $1.37-million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to prepare low-income, young adults in eight states for careers in the energy industry.
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Barbara Hins-Turner, Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, A Centralia College Partnership
FISCAL AGENT: CEWD


Northwest Energy Efficiency Taskforce

Northwest Energy Efficiency Taskforce (NEET)
NEET Report, October 2009

FUNDING YEAR/COST: 2009:  $20,000     2011: $43,000
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Barbara Hins-Turner, Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, A Centralia College Partnership
FISCAL AGENT: Centralia College


U.S. Department of Labor

Workforce Innovation in Regional Economic Development (WIRED)

PROJECT DURATION: 06/20/2007 – 06/30/2010
COST: $5 million
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Jim Lowery, Energy Project Manager, Centralia College
FISCAL AGENT: Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council


Washington State Department of Commerce

Washington State Department of Commerce – funded through Lewis Economic Development Council

PROJECT DURATION: 07/01/2008 – 06/30/2009
COST: $260,000
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Barbara Hins-Turner, Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, A Centralia College Partnership
FISCAL AGENT: Centralia College


Washington Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board

Industry Skill Panel (phases I, II, and III)

PROJECT DURATION: 10/1/2005 – 06/30/2008
COST: $125,000
PROJECT DIRECTOR: Barbara Hins-Turner, Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, A Centralia College Partnership
FISCAL AGENT: Centralia College