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College holds institute for energy educators in June


Edmonds College is coordinating the Educators Institute at the Energy & Construction Best Practices Summit in June. The summit is funded by the college’s National Science Foundation Energy Management Grant, Meeting the Challenge of Energy Management in a Carbon-Constrained World, in partnership with Cascadia Community College, WSU Extension Energy Program, and the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy.

News release from the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, a Centralia College Partnership

Wanda Reder, Chair of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Smart Grid Taskforce and Vice President of Power Systems Services, S&C Electric Company in Chicago, will present "Lighting the Way to a Smarter Grid" as the keynote of the 7th Annual Energy & Construction Best Practices Summit. She is nationally renowned for her smart grid and workforce experience and vision. Reder was recently appointed as the Chairperson of the Smart Grid Sub-Committee of the Energy Secretary Steven Chu’s DOE Electricity Advisory Committee.

Reder will be joined by 200 industry, labor, education, workforce and economic development leaders who will attend to learn, network, and share best practices in the energy and construction industries. This year’s summit, Energizing America’s Workforce for Tomorrow, is scheduled for June 21 in Elma, Wash. It will feature an exciting lineup of speakers and panelists. Topics include The Challenges of Educating America’s Workforce, How Consumers will Drive the Workforce, Build it Smart! and Defining the Customer Service Representative in the Utility Industry.

The summit is an annual event sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy, a Centralia College partnership, and the Construction Center of Excellence at Renton Community College. The signature crab feed and scholarship auction, which begins at 6 pm June 21, will continue the tradition of raising funds for Washington state community and technical college students enrolled in energy and construction programs.

Summit organizers have added two additional days this year: an Educators Institute, slated for June 20, and a Smart Grid Manufacturing Roundtable, planned for June 22. The Pre Summit Educators Institute June 20 will provide a full day of workshops, activities and resources for educators, trainers, and industry partners. Curriculum experts will be on-hand to develop and enhance profile curriculum.

The day is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and coordinated by Edmonds College.

The Post Summit Smart Grid Manufacturing Roundtable June 22 will offer a short day with regional industry experts. Guests will learn the best practices of accelerating commercialization of new technologies. All summit events are free. Registration is required to attend. The events will be held at the Regional Education and Training Center, Satsop campus in Elma.