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Community College of Rhode Island

Electrical Power Technician Program


The Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) and industry partner, National Grid, are developing and implementing a new one-year Energy Utility Technology certificate and a redesigned two-year Engineering Systems Technology Associate degree focused on the electric power industry. The certificate program is based on a program developed and tested at three Massachusetts community colleges. The curriculum is designed to address the economic needs of the region, train incumbent and future workers, and prepare graduates to contribute to the state’s workforce at various positions of the energy industry. The certificate includes classroom and laboratory training, and a capstone on-the-job practicum with the industry partner. Students for the program will be recruited from partnering high schools, workforce development clients, and returning military. This effort will include high school visits, campus tours, open house events, and job placement assistance for program graduates.

Contact Information

Deborah Buterbaugh
Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
Morgantown, WV 26507-0880

Jerry Bernardini
Community College of Rhode Island
Engineering and Technology
400 East Ave
Warwick, RI 02886-2184

Recipient: Community College of Rhode Islan
HQ State: Rhode Island
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $910,841
Federal Share: $745,841
Funding Program:
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Targeted Benefits:
  • Job growth and retention
  • Workplace-ready graduates
  • Technicians and displaced workers with increased skills and pay rates

The Department of Energy's Office of Electricity (OE) recognizes that our nation's sustained economic prosperity, quality of life, and global competitiveness depends on an abundance of secure, reliable, and affordable energy resources. OE leads the Department of Energy's efforts to ensure a resilient, and flexible electricity system in the United States. Learn more about OE >>

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