CEWD Calendar

All Upcoming 2015 Dates Are Subject To Change

ACT Work Readiness Solutions Webinar Series
Various Dates / Locations
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"Hiring Our Heroes" Hiring Fairs
Various Dates / Locations
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Northwest Regional Meeting
April 14 - Portland, OR

South/Southeast Regional Meeting
May 5 - Savannah, GA

Midwest Regional Meeting
June 24 - Chicago, IL

National Energy Education Network Meeting
June 25 - Chicago, IL

West Regional Meeting
July 23 - Denver, CO

MidAtlantic/Northeast Regional Meeting
July 29 - Philadelphia, PA

National Forum
November 4 - Arlington, VA

Annual Summit
November 4-6 - Arlington, VA
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Past Events 2015

Women in Energy Webinar
Building Awareness of STEM and Non-traditional Energy Career Pathways among Girls
March 24
3:30-4:30pm EDT


Past Events 2014

South/Southeast Regional Meeting
April 3, 2014 - Gulfport, MS

MidAtlantic/Northeast Regional Meeting
May 1, 2014 - Washington, DC

Midwest Regional Meeting
June 18, 2014 - Kansas City, MO

National Energy Education Network
June 19, 2014 - Kansas City, MO

WISE Pathways Implementation Webinar
June 24, 2014 - 1:00-2:00 PM EDT

West Regional Meeting
July 15, 2014 - Tucson, AZ

Northwest Regional Meeting
July 18, 2014 - Rapid City, SD

Careers in Energy Week 2014
October 13-19 2014

National Forum
November 5, 2014 - Arlington, VA

CEWD Annual Summit
November 5-7, 2014 - Arlington, VA
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Past Events 2013

South/Southeast Regional Meeting
April 4, 2013
Pensacola, FL

Midwest Regional Meeting
April 16, 2013
Kansas City, MO

Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Regional Meeting
April 25, 2013
Washington, DC

Northwest Regional Meeting
May 7, 2013
Spokane, WA

West Regional Meeting
May 9, 2013
San Ramon, CA

Energetic Women 6th Annual Conference
June 12-14, 2013
Marriott Inner Harbor - Baltimore, MD

National Energy Education Network
August 22-23, 2013
Indianapolis, IN
The NEEN Meeting is a learning forum designed specifically for secondary and post-secondary educators and their energy and utility company partners. The forum provides opportunities to share best practices in design and implementation of energy education curricula and to work through actual solutions and approaches to overcoming challenges in preparing today's workforce for jobs in the energy industry.
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Careers in Energy Week
October 14-20, 2013
Resources for Members

Warriors to the Workforce Hiring Event
October 21-23, 2013
Washington, DC
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State Energy Workforce
National Forum

November 6, 2013
Arlington, VA

CEWD Annual Summit
November 6-8, 2013
Arlington, VA
Summit Info and Presentations
Summit Sponsorship Opportunities

Webinar #4: How to Implement a Troops to Energy Jobs Initiative and Measure and Track Progress
November 21, 2013
1:00pm - 2:15pm EST

Energetic Women Webinar
The Art of Presenting...You: Branding Strategies

December 4, 2013
12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
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Past Events 2012

National Energy Education Network /
Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program

March 6-8, 2012
Sheraton National Hotel - Arlington, VA

South/Southeast Regional Meeting
April 19, 2012
Duke Energy - Charlotte, NC
Meeting Notes

2012 NGCP National Collaboration Conference
April 25-27, 2012
The Westin Alexandria - Alexandria, VA
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USA Science & Engineering Festival
April 28 & 29, 2012
Walter E. Washington
Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

Midwest Regional Meeting
May 16, 2012
Consumers Energy - Marshall, MI
Meeting Notes

ACT Solutions and Program Highlights Webinars
NCRC Plus:
May 17, 1-2pm CDT
WorkKeys Soft Skills Assessments:
WorkKeys Personality: May 18, 1-2pm CDT
WorkKeys Personality: May 22, 1-2pm CDT
WorkKeys Integrity: May 30, 1-2pm CDT
WorkKeys Fit: June 7, 2012, CDT
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MidAtlantic/Northeast Regional Meeting
June 19, 2012
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association - Arlington, VA

Northwest Regional Meeting
July 17, 2012

West Regional Meeting
July 19, 2012
Arizona Public Service Co - Phoenix, AZ

EPCE: Apprenticeship Training Models; Enhancing On-The-Job Training Webinar
July 26, 2012, 1pm Eastern
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State Energy Consortia National Forum
August 15, 2012
Georgia Power Co - Atlanta, GA

National Journal Policy Summit
Powering America's Future By Empowering Workers
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
8AM-10:30AM EDT
Washington, DC
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CEWD Annual Summit
November 14-16, 2012
Arlington, VA
Annual Summit Sponsorship Opportunities

National Veteran Employment Summit
December 12, 2012
Willard Intercontinental - Washington D.C.
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May 11, 2015 - The Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium has been selected as one of seven regional partners to participate in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Talent Pipeline Management initiative to close the skills gap in America. Learn More
April 24, 2015 - The Subcomittee on Energy and Power is working on a comprehensive energy bill that seeks to improve education and training for energy and manufacturing-related jobs and bridge the gap between underrepresented communities and the energy and manufacturing workforce. Learn More
April 16, 2015 - The New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering has launched a certificate program for Power Technologies. This certificate gives company staff core competencies to support electric power systems, electronic power supplies, and electric drives in the energy sector. Learn More
April 15, 2015 - FIRST announced that Qualcomm Incorporated will return as Presenting Sponsor for the 2015 FIRST Championship being held at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, April 22-25. Qualcomm is joining a long list of sponsors, including CEWD. Learn More
March 31, 2015 - Just days after his retirement from PPL, Bob Geneczko talks about his history with PPL and how he came to be VP of customer services. He also discusses how the energy industry will evolve over the next decade. Learn More
March 19, 2015 - Seventy-two teams from 12 states and the District of Columbia competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics (FTC) EAST Super-Regional Championship at The University of Scranton. The event was hosted by Pennsylvania FIRST Robotics and sponsored by Rockwell-Collins and the Center for Energy Workforce Development. Learn More
March 13, 2015 - With Latinos making up more than 75 percent of the high school dropouts, OC United Way and Edison International have partnered to help reduce these rates. Southern California Edison (SCE) recently donated $250,000 to the nonprofit. Learn More
March 12, 2015 - Portland General Electric's corporate foundation awarded 33 grants totaling $427,285 in the first quarter of 2015. Almost $250,000 was awarded to workforce development, STEM, and arts education programs to create opportunities for students to have hands-on, applied learning experiences. Learn More
March 12, 2015 - Thirteen middle and high school teams will travel to Iowa to compete in a regional robotics challenge co-sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation and 11 energy companies as part of CEWD's "Get into Energy, Get into STEM" careers in energy campaign. Learn More
March 11, 2015 - Madisonville Community College celebrated February as Career and Technical Education Month with the selection of nine students as "CTE Students of the Month," including Christa Crick of the Energy Management program, who earned her CEWD Energy Industry Fundamentals certificate. Learn More
February 18, 2015 - The Western Maricopa Education Center in Arizona is building a new Sustainable Energy and Industrial Technology campus. It will be a career and technical education school with an emphasis on the energy industry. Its laboratories will be outfitted with actual industry tools for hands-on training and simulations. Learn More
February 11, 2015 - In Indiana, the NIPSCO Energy Academy obtained $223,809 as one of the recipients of the 2015 Innovative Career and Technical Education grants. The grant will fund energy-related course offerings, energy simulators, lab equipment, a summer internship, teacher and mentor training, and more. Learn More
January 16, 2015 - The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) announced a new industry initiative to sponsor FIRST® Robotics competitions and the FIRST® Tech Challenge. The new "Get Into Energy, Get Into STEM" initiative will be supported by 11 electric companies and will be managed by CEWD. View the Press Release
January 11, 2015 - America's postsecondary student population is more diverse than ever. There's no one-size-fits-all path to (or through) college -- and we need to plan our education policies accordingly. What would America look like as 100 college students? Learn More
November 30, 2014 - Some Kansas schools will soon offer another option for career-focused education: high-school courses designed for careers in the energy field. Several districts across the state are interested in offering the energy courses, and collaborated with utility companies and other school districts and post-secondary schools seeking to develop them. Learn More
October 22, 2014 - Indiana Governor Mike Pence joined representatives from NIPSCO, the Michigan City Area Schools, and the La Porte County Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program for a ribbon-cutting ceremony as they celebrated a new partnership preparing Northwest Indiana students for high-demand jobs in the electronics, energy, and utility industries. Learn More
October 18, 2014 - Utilities across the country are bracing for high rates of turnover as baby boomers leave the workplace. Avista and other local utiltiies are forecasting openings for engineers, computer technicians, managers, lineworkers, and other skilled trades in the next 5 to 10 years. Learn More
October 16, 2014 - San Diego Gas & Electric joined other California utilities to kick off the third annual Careers in Energy Week, a nationwide initiative that promotes STEM education and aims to address the need for a qualified, diverse energy industry workforce. Learn More
October 15, 2014 - Nicor Gas, Northern Illinois' largest natural gas distribution company, is partnering with the Illinois Energy Workforce Consortium and other Illinois-based energy groups to increase public awareness of a variety of careers within the energy industry during Careers in Energy Week. Learn More
October 8, 2014 - Cheryl LaFleur, former executive vice president and acting CEO of National Grid USA, was the keynote speaker for Worcester Polytechnic Institute's fourth annual Energy Symposium, where she told students that hot jobs are in the energy industry right now. Learn More
October 7, 2014 - Michigan's evolving energy industry, one of the state's largest employers, will be in the spotlight next week as part of a national Careers in Energy Week campaign to recruit talent for the energy workforce of the future. Learn More
May 21, 2014 - A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers announced that they have reached a deal to improve the nation's workforce development system through new legislation. The bill modernizes and improves existing federal workforce development programs, helps workers attain skills for 21st century jobs, and fosters the modern workforce that evolving American businesses rely on to compete. Learn More
April 25, 2014 - The Center for Energy and Workforce Development (CEWD) and the National Energy Foundation (NEF) co-hosted a booth at the USA Science & Engineering Festival April 26-27 to boost interest in the energy industry and the career pathways that are available with energy companies. Learn More
April 23, 2014 - DiversityInc has named its 2014 Top 7 Utilities--all of whom are CEWD Member companies--based on their efforts to create inclusive workplaces, to reach diverse customers, and to have strong supplier diversity. These companies scored well in the four areas measured: Talent Pipeline, Equitable Talent Development, CEO/Leadership Commitment, and Supplier Diversity. Learn More
April 14, 2014 - 30 high school seniors across Southern California Edison's (SCE) service territory have been named 2014 Edison Scholars, each winning a $40,000 scholarship offered by Edison International, parent company of SCE. Learn More
March 27, 2014 - Onondaga Community College in New York began educating the next generation of nuclear energy industry workers last fall when it became one of only 35 colleges in the country to offer an associate of applied science degree in nuclear energy technology. Learn More
March 24, 2014 - More than half of recent military veterans who are using federal benefits such as the Montgomery and Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits have received a postsecondary degree or certificate, a completion rate similar to traditional college students and greater than other nontraditional students. Learn More
March 13, 2014 - In fall 2012, and again in summer 2013, Harrisburg Area Community College offered a free week-long boot camp to students whose ACCUPLACER scores were within five points of the cut score for testing in pre-algebra or beginning algebra, giving students a chance at bypassing some developmental mathematics courses. Learn More
March 6, 2014 - In recognition of National Engineers Week, February 16-22, United Illuminating's Engineering and Project Excellence group teamed up with internal and external partners to host a "Lunch & Learn" series that looked at different engineering projects and the benefits they provide. Learn More
March 6, 2014 - The IEEE Power & Energy Scholarship Plus Initiative offers up to $7,000 and helps undergraduate students find career experience opportunities in the energy industry to increase the number of well-qualified, entry-level engineers in the U.S. and Canada. Learn More
February 20, 2014 - PRESS RELEASE: The Center for Energy Workforce Development joins business and industry groups to advance efforts to close the "skills gap." Organizations plan to educate and train more workers and create a skilled workforce. Learn More
February 3, 2014 - WORKFORCE: 'The great crew change' forces utilities to rethink hiring. Learn More
November 19, 2013 - President Obama announced a new $100 million competitive grant program designed to better prepare high school students for high-tech careers, including job shadowing, counseling, and training that leads to college credit or an industry credential. Learn More
November 1, 2013 - In Indiana, representatives from NIPSCO and the LaPorte County Career and Technical Education Program announced a new partnership designed to prepare area students for high-demand jobs in the electronics, energy, and utility industries. Learn More
October 29, 2013 - Being a female lineman--and a female foreman on a line crew--has made Shannon Skinner stand out a bit from others in this trade. But she can go toe-to-toe with any fellow--whether that’s climbing a pole, restringing a wire, trudging through snow or even holding her own in a tussle. Learn More
July 31, 2013 - STEMersion is a two-week, hands-on workshop opportunity for middle and high school math, science, and Career and Technical Education teachers in the Charlotte area to take a first-hand look at why so many jobs require math and science skills in the workplace. Learn More
July 30, 2013 - NEI published a short article highlighting some of the positive findings of the 2013 Workforce Survey analysis, showing that 1,500 students are now enrolled at 35 community colleges. There are also rising enrollments in university nuclear engineering programs. Learn More
March 29, 2013 - Intriguing results from the 2012 ManpowerGroup Talent Shortage Survey illustrates a gap between workforce skills and energy industry needs. Several initiatives in Northeast Ohio are working to close that gap. Learn More
March 27, 2013 - PES is offering up to seven thousand dollars and assistance with career experience opportunities to qualifying students! Applicants must be full-time students working towards a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, citizens or permanent residents of the U.S., willing to take power engineering courses and have a GPA of at least 3.0. Please encourage students to visit for more information and apply today!
Here's how it works:
  • Eligible students should apply online before June 30th at
  • Recipients will be selected by PES volunteers with industry and academic backgrounds.
  • In Fall 2013, recipients will be notified of their selection and be provided with information on how to arrange for a career experience with industry-leading companies.
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February 28, 2013 - In recognition of National Engineers Week, United Illuminating Co.'s Engineering and Project Excellence group hosted an Engineers Fair Day and ice cream social on Feb. 28, to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions made by engineers. Learn More
February 20, 2013 - There is no better time to consider an energy career. Workforce development is a concern in any industry, but it's particularly pressing among energy companies. Learn More
December 25, 2012 - As nearly 40 percent of the employees in the U.S. utility and energy sector approach retirement age, Atlanta-based Southern Co. and other utility companies involved with CEWD are focused on early recruitment to help build a pipeline to careers in the energy industry. Learn More
October 16, 2012 - Avista participated in national Careers in Energy Week by giving high school counselors and teachers first-hand experience in the life of a lineworker apprentice at the Jack Stewart Training Center, Avista’s Pre-Apprentice Line School. See a photo gallery from the event and learn more
October 12, 2012 - Corporate Voices for Working Families has released their report on "A Talent Development Solution: Exploring Business Drivers and Returns in Learn and Earn Partnerships." Learn More
October 9, 2012 - With Careers and Energy Week approaching on Oct 15-21, UIL highlights the efforts of its companies (UI, SCG, CNG, and Berkshire Gas) and the Connecticut Energy Workforce Development Consortium to create jobs and provide opportunities in the energy industry. Learn More
September 29, 2012 - An education consortium comprised of five Arizona community colleges, formed as the Arizona Sun Corridor Get Into Energy Consortium (ASC-GIEC), received a $13.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop programs and help fulfill the state's energy industry workforce needs. The grant is part of the recent $500 million federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative intended for the development and expansion of innovative training programs at community colleges and universities nationwide. Learn More
September 19, 2012 - Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration for the Department of Labor, will keynote National Journal's summit on "Powering America’s Future By Empowering Workers." Registration is free for this event on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT) at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Learn More
September 17, 2012 - With engineering being the fastest growing occupation around the world, IEEE announces a three-step process for inspiring, engaging, encouraging, and empowering women worldwide to pursue a career in engineering and close the gender gap in STEM careers. Learn More
September 13, 2012 - Corporate Voices has released a new report (see Executive Summary) on talent development, examining the potential of "Learn and Earn" models that connect employers and education providers to give companies the skilled workers they need. Learn More
August 22, 2012 - Six previously unemployed or underemployed Hartford-area residents have secured full-time jobs after earning the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), a national credential identified by CEWD as the entry-level standard for the energy industry. Learn More
July 23, 2012 - The Arizona Energy Workforce Consortium, working through Estrella Mountain Community College, launched an energy skills training program in January 2012, inspired by Get Into Energy Career Pathways pilots but separately funded through a State Energy Sector Partnership (SESP) grant. Learn More
July 14, 2012 - Jane Oates, assistant secretary for employment and training in the U.S. Department of Labor, visits Pittsburgh, PA, to talk with representatives of local governments, community colleges, labor unions, and businesses about jobs in the energy sector. Learn More
July 9, 2012 - The Clinton Global Initiative has released the CGI America 2012 Meeting Report, titled "Turning Ideas into Action." Learn More
May 10, 2012 - ACT, along with a growing coalition of community colleges across the nation, is launching Tomorrow's Workforce Now, a program that aims to improve America's workforce by donating evidence-based selection tools to help thousands of employers and tens of thousands of individuals. Learn More
May 4, 2012 - The Department of Energy is hosting a "Tweet-Up" on Thursday, May 10 at 4:00pm EDT. Michelle Fox--the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Chief Strategist for Workforce and Education--will be taking questions and comments via Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail on the topic of "STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math): Investing in the Next Generation." Learn More
April 13, 2012 - Twenty Greater Hartford-area residents recently graduated from the Connecticut Business and Industry Association's first-ever Academic Skills Enhancement for Energy-Related Careers training program. The students earned their ACT National Career Readiness Certificate, a national credential identified by CEWD as the entry-level standard for the energy industry. Learn More
April 4, 2012 - The Connecticut Energy Workforce Development Consortium reports on a six-week, full-time training program called Academic Skills Enhancement for Energy-Related Careers, designed to prepare students for more advanced training and potential jobs in energy. Learn More
March 29, 2012 - The American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) Joint Member Forum (JMF), held on March 20, focused on the range of activities underway aimed at helping the nation meet President Obama's goal of doubling the credentials of the American workforce by 2020. CEWD educational consultant Valerie Taylor discusses the value of an ANSI-accredited Energy Industry Fundamentals Certificate to the industry. Learn More
March 22, 2012 - From March 18-21, 2012, the second annual Building a Grad Nation Summit took place in Washington, D.C. More than 1,000 education stakeholders from 42 states came together to discuss challenges and solutions to ending America’s high school dropout crisis. Learn More
March 9, 2012 - Midwest ENERGY Association's Energetic Women is holding a webinar entitled Leadership and the Brain: Pathways to Positive Action, with Shannon Murphy Robinson and Mary Casey from The webinar will take place Thursday, March 29th at 11:30 AM central time. Learn More and Sign Up
March 6, 2012 - Electric cooperatives are helping set up programs at community colleges to prepare for a lineworker shortage. CEWD estimates that about 42 percent of all skilled lineworkers could retire by 2015. Nearly 31,000 entry-level apprentices will be needed by all utilities. Learn More
March 5, 2012 - Joe Ryzewski, co-chair of the Connecticut Energy Workforce Development Consortium, reports the series of events and activities organized by the United Illuminating Company’s Engineering & Project Excellence group to celebrate National Engineers' Week, which ran February 19-25. Learn More
March 2, 2012 - Four Gulf Power linemen will take part in the introduction of a Florida House of Representatives resolution to honor lineworkers across the state (see photo). The bill will make Aug. 26, 2012 “Lineworker Appreciation Day” in the state of Florida. Learn More
February 27, 2012 - The U.S Department of Labor announces availability of funds and solicitation for grant applications for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants Program. Please contact Valerie Taylor at for assistance and more information. Learn More
February 2, 2012 - Orientations are being held to determine eligibility into a new Academic Skills Enhancement for Energy-Related Careers training program. The program, which will begin February 27, offers skills enhancement to individuals living in Connecticut's Hartford and Enfield labor markets and helps prepare participants for careers in the energy industry. Learn More
January 20, 2012 - The nation's biggest employers in the nuclear industry are sending representatives to Indian River State College (IRSC) to discuss career opportunities in nuclear and recruit students. Sponsored by IRSC and Florida Power & Light, the Nuclear Science Career Awareness Open House is part of National Nuclear Science Week, a weeklong celebration focusing local, regional, and national interest on all aspects of nuclear science. Learn More
January 12, 2012 - The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announces the availability of Workforce Innovation Fund grants. Learn More

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