Workforce Training Resources
NTER – the National Training & Education Resource – is an easy-to-access, open source, web-based learning platform that enables learners, instructors, and organizations to be part of an entirely new education community – the next generation of learning.
Out of the $4.5 billion allocated for the Smart Grid in the Recovery Act, $100 million was designated for workforce training. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released a Funding Opportunity Announcement for workforce training in September 2009 and announced its selection of 52 Smart Grid workforce training programs in April 2010. Located in 32 states and the District of Columbia, the training programs also draw on more than $95 million in funding from community colleges, universities, utilities, and manufacturers. The programs will train approximately 30,000 U.S. workers in smart grid technologies. Projects under this program facilitate the development of a trained and skilled workforce capable of implementing a national clean-energy smart grid and providing for the next generation of skilled technicians, engineers and managers for the electric power industry. The program also raises awareness and interest in careers in the electric power industry, helping to address predicted labor shortfalls as an aging utility workforce moves toward retirement.
The EPA lists many resources based on technology, and state by state resources sharing information on workforce development activities around clean energy. The information found at the EPA is reflected on OpenEI's energy topics as well as state workforce training pages.
Workforce Training by State
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