LIVERMORE, Calif., Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- A new website addresses the critical need for more highly skilled workers in California's Advanced Energy industry and promotes Energy Efficiency and Utilities careers to students.
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Developed by the California Community Colleges under the Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy framework, the website provides information about key initiatives and collaborations that assist the Advanced Energy industry in meeting priority education and training needs.
"Energy Efficiency and Utilities is a valued industry sector by many of California's regional economies," says Van Ton-Quinlivan, Vice Chancellor of Workforce & Economic Development for the California Community Colleges. "I'm delighted with the continued investment in this sector through our system's focus on Doing What MATTERS for Jobs and the Economy."
Estimated to be a $1.3 trillion global industry, the Advanced Energy industry is led by California through Silicon Valley technology and state policies mandating reductions in California's carbon emission by the year 2020. As a result, at least 15,000 additional highly skilled workers are needed annually in California, according to Jim Caldwell, Energy Efficiency & Utilities Sector Team Navigator. "Skill gaps grow as technology advances, while replacement of an aging workforce creates the statewide need for aggressive workforce development measures," Caldwell explains.
Guided by a statewide industry advisory council, EE&U Sector Team builds regional workforce collaboration with industry associations, labor associations, community-based organizations, and government agencies.
The California Community Colleges is the largest system of higher education in the nation, composed of 72 districts and 113 colleges serving 2.1 million students per year.
The new website shares information about key initiatives to industry professionals, educators, and students, encouraging collaboration among employers and educators.
To learn more, go to www.eeusector.com
CONTACT: Jim Caldwell (925) 899-2665 Email
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SOURCE Energy Efficiency and Utilities Sector