Workforce Development Director, Massachusetts Clean Energy Center
This is the first in a series of three blogs that will showcase brand new training and education resources created with support from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Workforce Development Division.
This week we are highlighting a great new website – http://cleanenergyeducation.org/- that makes it easy for job seekers, workforce training providers, educational institutes and employers to find information about clean energy training and education programs, ranging from one-day training workshops to doctoral programs in clean energy. The site, which the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center created in partnership with the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership and the New England Clean Energy Council, includes an online database that catalogues clean energy training and education programs in Massachusetts, and a networking tool training and education providers can use to share best practices and program information.
Before the launch of this website, those who wanted to obtain skills for a career in clean energy had no central resource to help them navigate the maze of programs available across the state. Now, whether you’re an industry insider or completely new to the industry, you can use this new website to take the guesswork out of searching for clean energy training and education.
To ensure ease of use, all of the 140-plus programs on the website are conveniently tagged, allowing users to search based on specific keywords, or you can browse through broad categories like “Associates’ Degree,” “Community-based Programs,” “Test Preparation,” as well as programs specialized to industry sub-sectors. Combining the website’s powerful search capabilities with Google, users can also search for specific programs in their area, and even get public transit, driving, or walking directions to the facilities.
I hope this new online directory becomes your one stop shop for all of your clean energy training and education needs.
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