Centralia Community College Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy: SMART Grid Workforce Development
The project establishes the Pacific Northwest Regional Center of Excellence for Clean Energy within Washington States Centralia College. A collaboration of consumer-and investor-owned utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration, the Pacific Northwest National Lab, community colleges and universities will design and deliver educational programs for: instrument control and relay specialists; generation, load and substation operators; line workers, substation wiremen and mechanics; meter technicians, and, secondarily, energy conservation program administrators and resource conservation managers. Training will be provided through satellite centers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. In addition, the Utah-based WestCAMP will develop safety and hazard prevention guidelines and training programs for all line workers, manufacturing and construction personnel or technicians who will be working with Smart Grid technologies.