Careers in Energy Week: Oct. 13-18

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The Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy and the Washington State Labor Council are coordinating statewide events to celebrate Careers in Energy Week Oct. 13 – 18.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Centralia’s Mayor Bonnie Canaday have signed proclamations to increase awareness of the rewarding careers available in energy fields.

Careers in Energy Week events include:

• Oct. 15 – Teachers will become apprentices for the day at Avista’s Jack Stewart Training Center in Spokane.

• Oct. 16 – An essay contest and an afterschool meet and greet event will be held at Spokane Valley Tech Academy.

• Utility providers, such as Tacoma Power and the Lewis County Public Utility District, will participate in career fairs throughout the state.

The goal of the events is to engage students, parents, teachers, counselors and veterans to consider energy-related careers and training programs. For example, it’s important to know Centralia College graduates have earned $15 – $36 an hour in their first energy-related jobs – which may include an apprenticeship program.

“We’re proud to sponsor this fourth year of events,” said Barbara Hins-Turner, executive director of the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy. “We’ve coordinated more events that have reached more people than any other state in the nation.”

For more information on careers in clean energy, visit the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy.

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