Center of Excellence for Clean EnergyThe Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy (formerly, Center of Excellence for Energy Technology) is a nationally recognized model providing strategic coordination for the energy industry's skilled workforce in the Pacific Northwest. The Center is led by a broad based partnership comprised of industry and labor leaders that guide the center to:
- Develop and mature industry and labor partnerships to better understand the ever changing workforce issues facing electric utilities and independent power producers.
- Translate energy industry research into "Best Practices" training and education to ensure programs meet industry's workforce needs.
- Provide clear education and career pathways for students and job seekers for entry into high skills high wage energy jobs.
- Create a competitive workforce pipeline to meet increasing energy demands and support the economic future of the Pacific Northwest.
What is a Center of Excellence?Centers of Excellence are colleges designated by the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges as statewide leaders in specialized workforce education and training for industries that help the state's economy grow.
See Washington State Centers of Excellence for information about each Center.
Centers serve as a point-of-contact and resource hub for industry trends, best practices, innovative curriculum, and professional development opportunities. Centers also maximize resources by bringing together workforce education and industry partners in order to develop highly-skilled employees for targeted industries.
What do Centers of Excellence do?
- Maintain an institutional reputation for innovation and responsive education and training delivery to their targeted industry.
- Act as a broker of information and resources related to their targeted industry for industry representatives, community-based organizations, economic development organizations, community and technical colleges, secondary education institutions, and four-year colleges and universities.
- Translate industry research into best practices.
- Provide system coordination, coaching, and mentoring to assist in building seamless educational and work-related systems.
- Build a competitive workforce for driver industries in Washington State.