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CEWEC 2011

In March 2011, the fourth conference, now called the Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference, organized and chaired by IREC, funded by NYSERDA, attracted more than 450 innovative educators training today’s green energy workforce gathered in Saratoga Springs, NY, who shared their remarkable work on instructional strategies, curricula development, credentialing, and best practices for training in the renewable energy and energy efficiency fields. The conference was preceded by a full day of technical workshops, from some of the industry’s most talented.


Barbara Anderegg, Madison Area Technical College.  CERET’s Renewable Energy Certificate and Train the Trainer Academies.

Michael Arquin, KidWind Project.  Building Local Capacity — WindSenators Network


Ezra Auerbach, North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners.  How NABCEP’s Credentialing Programs Support Career Ladders


William Balfe, The Altamont Program.  Sustainable Job Glidepath

Marilyn Barger, Hillsborough Community College.  Developing an Alternative Energy Credit Certificate for Florida

James Barry, SEIU Local 32BJ Thomas Shortman Training Fund.  1,000 Green Supers Program: A Collaboration of Labor, Employers, Owners and Educators

Katie Bolcar, U.S. Department of Energy.  U. S. Department of Energy’s Workforce Initiatives

Jen Boudrie, Green Workforce Training.  Greener Careers and Greener Communities

Michelle Gransee-Bowman, Minnesota Office of Energy Security.  Minnesota’s Statewide Energy Training Plan: Building a Collaborative Compendium of Effective Workforce Development Initiatives

Justin Bradley, SolarTech, Bradley Group.  Building the Labor/Market ‘Crystal Ball’ for Workforce Development Organizations Serving Clean Energy Sectors

Scott Buffett, Clinton Community College.  Clinton Community College AAS and Certificate Programs in Wind Energy and Turbine Technology

Roy Butler, Four Winds Renewable Energy.  Small Wind Installer Curriculum Development

Lee Butler, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.  Integrating Building Science in Secondary Education


Pam Carpenter, North Carolina State University.  An Integrative Approach to Solar Training

Pam Carpenter, North Carolina State University.  Sustainable Transportation – Preparing for the Electrification of Transportation

Virginia Carrig and Richard Gottlieb, Ulster BOCES.  The Importance of Hands-on Experience in PV Installer Training

Bryan Carroll, Vermont Technical College.  Effective Methods for Weatherization and Home Energy Efficiency Certificate Trainings

Todd Cohen, American Association of Community Colleges.  AACC’s Sustainability Education and Economic Development (SEED) Center

Samuel Colton, Arizona Western College.  Green Welding: The Future is Now

David Compaan, AltE University.  Integrating Hands-On Labs to Reinforce PV Learning Objectives


Melonee Docherty, Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC) and Kirk Laflin, National Partnership For Environmental Technology Education (PETE).  Bridging the Gap Between Business/Industry Needs and Educational/Training Programs in the Energy Field

Jim Dunlop, Jim Dunlop Solar.  Best Practices for Hands-on PV Systems Training


Rebecca Eaton, ICF International.  Green Jobs Growth, Training Opportunities and Needs

Dan Ewert, Association for International Practical Training.  International Experience Leads to Creative Technical Solutions


Pat Fox, Interstate Renewable Energy Council.  A Foundation for Training:  ISPQ Credentialing

Pat Fox, Interstate Renewable Energy Council.   Learning to Licensure — IREC’s National Resources to Help You Get There

Barry Friedman, National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Philip Jordan, Green LMI Consulting.  Findings from Research on the Solar Installation Workforce


John Galiotos, Houston Community College.  Innovations in Organized Labor and Educational Institution Collaborations for Solar Energy Technology Education and Training


Tracy Handler, City University of New York.  CUNY’s Green Gateway to Green Jobs

Paula Hayes, Hudson Valley Community College.  A Career Ladder Model for New York’s Energy Efficiency Training Programs


Nick Hylla, Midwest Renewable Energy Association.  A Knowledge-Sharing Model to Facilitate Solar Program Development in the Midwestern U.S.


Shelly Jewell, Connecticut Community Colleges.  Connecticut Community Colleges Sustainable Operations: Alternative and Renewable Energy Initiative (SOAR)—A Model to Promote Student Success


Colleen Kettles, Florida Solar Energy Center.  Training for Training Providers

Richard Knaub, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades

Erik Koepf, University of Delaware.  A Mobile Solar-PV Demonstration System for Hands-On Learning and Curriculum Development

Michael Kuhn, The ImagineSolar Career School.  Building a Workforce Training Ecosystem for Customer Success


Christopher LaForge, Great Northern Solar.  Bridging Gaps: Making Connections Among Curricula, Hands-on-Training, Internships, Apprenticeships and the Workplace

Daniella Leifer, City University of New York.  Training for Performance Management of Conventional and Solar Energy Systems

Kimberlie Lenihan, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority.  Experiences with Disadvantaged Workers and the Green Energy Economy in New York

Edward Londergan, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships.  Pathway to the Future: Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Education and Training Database

Andrea Luecke, The Solar Foundation.  National Solar Jobs Census – Lessons Learned and Next Steps


Josh Manders, Lane Community College.  Energy Efficiency Education Goes Online – But You’ve Got to Play Nice! Here’s a link to a video that accompanied Manders’s presentation:  Five minutes of fame

Dr. Barbara Martin, Education Consultant, Interstate Renewable Energy Council.  The Essential Steps of Developing a Training Course

Helen McClure, Prince George’s Community College.  Avoiding the Energy Overload: Determining the Best Clean Energy Training Program(s) for Your Community College

Rebecca Meadows, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.  Wind for Schools: A National Data and Curricula Development Activity for Schools.

Ray Mencio, Connecticut State Department of Education and Pat Ciarleglio, Connecticut Technical High School System.  Growing Up Green in the Connecticut Technical High Schools

Conrad Metcalfe, Performance Systems Development.  Update on Green Career Pathways in the Energy Sector


Edward Olson, Laramie County Community College.  NSF-ATE Program – Growing a New Generation of Energy Technicians and Professionals



Mark Palmer, Lightly Treading, Inc.  On national guidelines on the residential retrofit market


Ann Randazzo, Center for Energy Workforce Development. Building a Sustainable Energy Workforce: A “Get into Energy” Career Pathways Model

Cathy Redson, Higher Power Living.  Empowering Students through Authentic Experience

Shawn Reeves,  Rigorous Wind Curriculum for Secondary Schools

Todd Rogers, National Energy Education Development Project.  From Middle School Student to Energy Engineer – NEED’s Energy Management Curriculum

Dr. Debra Rowe, Oakland Community College. Warnings, Celebrations and Key Opportunities: Creating Explosion Instead of Implosion of The Green Economy


Joe Sarubbi, Interstate Renewable Energy Council.  Bringing Quality Training to the Local Level – The Solar Instructor Training Network

David Sawchak, National Solar Trainers.  Lecturing vs. Training

Jeanne Schehl, National Roofing Contractors Association.  Don’t Save (Your) Energy!  Training Entry-level Workers Requires Extra Effort

Lisa Shell, Pacific Gas & Electric Company.  Advancing the Green Energy Economy

Nora Sherman, City University of New York.  Web-Based Training for Deep Energy Reductions

Maura Yates Sidener, Arizona Public Service.  APS’s Qualified Solar Installer and Trained Solar Installer Programs

Jennifer Somers, Josh Olson, U.S. Department of Energy. Weatherization Assistance Program: Training, Certification, Accreditation and Capacity Building Efforts

Chris Sommerfeld, SunPower Corporation.  Getting PV Installation Training Right, Lessons Learned at SunPower

Jeff Spies, SolarSpies, groSolar Training Manager.  PV Technical Sales Certification

Todd Stafford, National Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committee.  Photovoltaic Training for the Electrical Industry

Jeffrey Stevens, Alfred State College.  The Green Home Lab – Just Build It…Here’s How!!

Frank Surdey, New York State Department of Labor.  Green Labor Market Intelligence for New York State


Ross Taylor, Southwest Windpower.  Improving Industry Competence Through Better Training


Kim Walton, Grand Valley State University.  Renewable Energy Education, Do We Have It Right?

Johnny Weiss and Khanti Munro, Solar Energy International.  Developing Robust Online Solar Training

Jane Weissman, Interstate Renewable Energy Council.  A Top Down Look at Credentialing – Where’s the Value for the Green Market?

Angela Whittaker, Cumberland County Public Schools.  STEM Rich Career and Technical Education: Pathways to a Clean Energy Future

Dr. Sarah White, Center on Wisconsin Strategy. Green(er) Credentials:  Improving Skill Delivery in the Clean Energy Economy


Chris Winland, Good Company Associates.  The Texas Green Corridor Collaborative

Laura Worthington and William Leahy, Eastern Connecticut State University.  Green-up Bridgeport

Betsy Wyman, SunDog Solar.  The Instructional Value of SHW Manipulatives


Bryan Young, Ontario Power Authority.  Building Capability for an Energy Efficient Ontario


Larry Zarker, Building Performance Institute.  Career Ladders in Building Energy Efficiency