Almost half of today’s energy workforce will be retiring in the next decade. As technology within the industry quickly increases, so does the need for a tech-savvy workforce to support high-skill, high-wage jobs. The right education and training will provide men and women a rewarding, well-paying career that benefits millions of people every day.
The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy (PNCECE)/A Centralia College Partnership, is organizing statewide events for a national initiative that will engage students of all ages, teachers and school counselors in activities to support Careers in Energy Week (October 15 – 19).
Governor Gregoire, the Spokane County Commissioners and City of Spokane Mayor David Condon have signed proclamations to support the awareness of energy careers. Events for the week include:
Oct. 15: Newport School District and dam tour: High school students, parents and teachers will attend an energizing assembly and will tour the Box Canyon Dam – to celebrate National Public Power Week (Oct. 8 – 12, 2012) and Careers in Energy.
Oct. 16: Avista Line School: High school counselors and teachers will experience life as an apprentice at the Jack Stewart Training Center in Spokane, Wash. Credit hours will be available. RSVP’s to Robyn Swanson (
Oct. 17: Spokane CC and Gonzaga University: This after school event will invite 60 6th – 8th grade Girl and Boy Scouts to participate in hands-on activities that will include cars powered by water, windmill building, and a tour of the new hydro power lab. The event will be held at SCC, 1810 N Greene, Bldg. 28. RSVP’s to Patrick Lewis (
Oct. 17: Lewis & Clark High School: This College and Career Fair from 5 PM to 8 PM at LCHS will bring together colleges, employers and apprentice program representatives to inform LC students and their parents about many post-high school opportunities that are available, including within the energy industry. Contact: Christin Mackleit (
ChristineM@SpokaneSchools.org ) or 509-354-6912.
Oct. 15-19: Mobius Science Center, Spokane: hosting several local professionals in hydropower, nuclear and alternative energies. Additionally, experiential activities will be facilitated on the exhibit floor all week. Included with general admission to Mobius Science Center. Call (509) 433-5669 for specific schedule .
Oct. 18: Spokane Regional Solid Waste System Steam Plant Tours: Beginning at 1 pm, 90-minute tours will show how 800 tons of trash are burned daily to generate electricity. Open to the general public (wear closed-toed shoes and dress for weather). RSVP’s to Seth Dyson (
Oct. 19: LaunchPad INW Job Seekers Info Session: lunch time information sharing on energy-industry careers and tips for job-seekers. Details and RSVP via
Oct. 20: Gonzaga University and Avista Veterans’ Outreach: Gonzaga will lead a 2 hour training session in the power system simulator lab (ZagOps). Avista representatives will talk about training paths for veterans to transition into the power industry. RSVP’s to Jennifer Boettcher (
Nov. 10: Expand Your Horizons in Spokane: 125 6th – 9th grade Girl Scout and non-Girl Scout girls will explore the world of energy through hands on science and technology (STEM) projects at Gonzaga University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. RSVP’s to Sarah Betts (
For more information:
Jennifer Boettcher – Avista, (509)-495-2440
Seth Dyson – Spokane Area Workforce Development Council, (509)-533-8472