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Centralia Community College Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy: SMART Grid Workforce Development

November 2010
U.S. Department of Energy
Smart Grid, smartgrid, SGIG, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah

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.