Training Programs

Workforce Development Programs

The region’s Workforce Development organizations support education and training opportunities that align with energy goals and bolster economic growth. Qualifying programs and projects are those that

  • facilitate collaboration with state and local workforce development programs;
  • lead to pathways toward economic self-sufficiency for low- and moderate-income communities; and
  • facilitate workforce development efforts that train and retain students and workers through institutes of higher education, high school career-themed cleantech pathways and career technical education programs, and community-based nonprofits. 
Training Programs

A critical element to developing and supporting the Clean Energy and Water Technology Industry Clusters is to provide training programs designed to meet each industry’s present and future need for skilled workers. The region offers a variety of excellent training and certificate programs to prepare people for jobs in clean technology.

  • The DIA supports the Water/Wastewater Technology Training Program at Solano Community College, which offers a Certificate of Achievement in water/wastewater technology.
  • Solar Richmond is a nonprofit program to help local youth gain academic and green-collar job skills to work in the solar industry.
  • All of the community colleges in the region offer classes, and some provide special certification programs for training in solar industry jobs.

More information is available in the Workforce Training section of the Regional Cluster Map and Regional Cluster Database.

Contra Costa Economic Partnership East Bay STEM Workforce Initiative

The CCEP East Bay STEM Workforce Initiative is a nonprofit effort to help local youth in the three-county area prepare for careers in engineering, construction, and manufacturing, and to explore clean technology post-secondary education and training. Please refer to the Engineering Pathways in the East Bay information sheet, which provides contact details.
The STEM Workforce Initiative is offering a Solar Science Summer Camp July 29 to August 3, 2012 at Mt. Diablo High School. SunPower is sponsoring the event, which will engage up to 60 students and 10 teachers in a week-long exploration of solar and renewable energies.

The Solar Science Summer Camp is one of four such week-long summer experiences for high school students and teachers that focus on engineering, water technology and renewable energies, including Engineering Summer Camp at Diablo Valley College and the BioTech Summer Camp and Environmental Sciences Summer Camp at Cal State-East Bay, Concord Campus. For more information, visit Contra Costa County STEM Summer Camps.