Workforce Education News

IREC’s Todd Venetz– A Veteran of the Iraq War — helps bridge quality training and jobs

Todd is IREC’s field coordinator for NYSERDA’s Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Advanced Energy Technologies Workforce Development Program. He works primarily with NYSERDA’s 76 workforce development training providers, reviewing and reporting information to identify program needs and new training opportunities that will match skills with today’s and tomorrow’s clean energy jobs. He is also a 10-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

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First Annual Student Conference for Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Development Developing the Power Engineering Workforce for the Future

An expected 40 students and faculty from universities across the country will participate in a first annual, one day student-centered conference April 28 on developing the power engineering workforce of the future. The first annual conference is a project of the U.S. Department of Energy’s new program: Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Development (GEARED). A part of DOE’s SunShot Initiative, GEARED is administered by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA).

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You and IREC – Setting the Standard for Quality

While IREC oversaw the standards development process, according to established procedures, the content represents what you, our peers in the clean energy industry, define as a high-quality training provider and an exceptional instructor.

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Instructor Trainee Program in Full Swing at Kennebec Valley Community College

Earlier this Spring, KVCC invited instructors from community colleges, technical high schools, unions, apprenticeship programs, and baccalaureate level programs to apply for its Instructor Trainee Program focused in three primary curricula areas. The response was enthusiastic.

Solar thrives in sunny Maine; a conversation with Dana Doran, Kennebec Valley Community College

Dana Doran, Director of Energy Programs at Kennebec Valley Community College (ME), found his way to KVCC in 2007 to head up fundraising efforts for the college. A former high school history teacher and basketball coach, Dana felt KVCC was a good fit

Clean Energy Education Innovators: What’s Working, What’s Not & What’s Next

Albany, NY – “We’ve moved past the point when ‘green jobs’ was just a marketing term, a sound bite,” said Jane Weissman, executive director of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) in opening the 5th National Clean Energy Workforce Education

Employment & Training Competency Model Released for Renewable Energy

The Renewable Energy Competency Model is now available at the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Competency Model Clearinghouse –  Competency Model Clearinghouse – Renewable Energy Competency Model.  DOL’s Employment and Training Administration assembled a group of subject matter experts to develop the

ANSI-IREC Program Issues First Set of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Certificate Program Accreditations

NEW YORK, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Inc. (IREC) are pleased to announce that three certificate-awarding entities have been accredited under the ANSI-IREC pilot accreditation

Looking for Solar Licensing Information? Look no further than IREC’s Solar Licensing Database

By Tricia King August 21, 2012  With the continuing evolvement of licensing requirements for photovoltaic and solar thermal installers, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council provides a database of specific state-by-state licensing information. This valuable resource for policy makers, practitioners, consumers,

Call for Exhibitors Announced for National Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference

  A limited number of exhibitors will have the opportunity to showcase their company, organization or programs to some 500 renewable energy and energy efficiency educators expected to attend the fifth Clean Energy Workforce Education Conference, November 14-15 in Albany,


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