The State of San Diego and Cuyamaca College will participate in a federally funded clean energy project

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Manufacturing assessments to advance clean energy goals will be one focus of a new higher education program funded by the Department of Energy. Photo courtesy of the San Diego Workforce Association

san diego state and Cuyamaca College have been chosen as part of a USA Department of Energy (DOE) intended to streamline the career paths of students interested in the economics of clean energy.

They are among a group of higher education institutions selected to serve as Centers of Excellence for the DOEs. Industrial Assessment Centers (IAC) Program. Those selected as part of the competitive process will receive a combined $18.7 million in funding from President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Act.

The Western Center of Excellence at San Francisco State University will partner with SDSU and Cuyamaca, along with San Jose State University and Laney College in Oakland, to “apply their expertise in data-driven tracking to assess and improve manufacturer and renewable energy performance,” according to the DOE.

They will also work on energy demand management, thermal system design, and water and waste management to improve manufacturing competitiveness across the West.

Other recipients include centers at Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, and Texas A&M.

The new regional Centers of Excellence will expand the IAC Program by serving as regional hubs that collaborate and coordinate with government, non-profit organizations, workers, and industry to train clean energy workers and support small and medium-sized businesses. manufacturers.

“This is a direct investment in the next generation of American workers that will help ensure America’s global leadership in advanced green building and manufacturing technologies.” Energy Secretary Jennifer M. Granholm said in a statement Friday.

The government also set aside $54 million to expand IACs to community colleges, trade schools and union training programs, while creating new Construction of Training and Evaluation Centers.

That funding will be allocated through an application process. A informative webinarwill be held at 2 pm on April 18. Concept papers are required and due by May 25, with full applications due by July 31.

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