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Energy Identifying Common Competencies for Energy-Related Occupations Pennsylvania
Identifying Common Competencies for Energy-Related Occupations

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development commissioned an occupational analysis of energy-related jobs in a ten-county region of southwestern Pennsylvania.  The resulting study identified 14 energy-related target jobs in that region and determined the critical competencies required for success in those occupations.   The researchers recommended that educators place more emphasis on occupational competencies and skills that are required in multiple industry sectors, and that industry take the lead in proactively creating and supporting partnerships with and among regional secondary, technical and community colleges to ensure effective curricula and learning tracks for each of the target jobs.  In addition to this initiative, the organization's ShaleNET Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant enabled them to develop and implement industry-informed, stackable certificate and associate degree programs to address the rapid growth of the Marcellus shale industry in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Texas.  To read the full case summary click here:

Energy Community College Offers Competency-Based Biofuels Program of Study New Mexico
Supported by funding from ETA for a State Energy Sector Partnership grant, Santa Fe Community College launched a Biofuels Center of Excellence in 2009.  Students can learn to make biodiesel, ethanol, algae oil and biogas, preparing them for work in the emerging biofuels industry and for a multitude of biofuel-related career opportunities.  To read the case study, click here:
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Date:  June, 2015
Retail Industry Association Aligns Certificate Program with Retail Competencies California
The Western Association of Food Chains, a non-profit business organization representing the retail and wholesale food industry, has established the Retail Management Certificate (RMC) program.  The RMC aligns with the competencies in ETA's Retail Competency Model.  It correlates core competencies for supervisory and management positions within the retail sector with corresponding education and career pathways.  To read the full case summary, click here:
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Date:  June, 2015
Energy New Competency Model for Advanced Commercial Buildings Workforce -
Under a grant from the Department of Energy (DOE), the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI), based at the Pennsylvania State University, has developed a new Advanced Commercial Buildings Workforce Competency Model, scheduled for launch in spring 2015. CBEI worked in collaboration with DOE and subject matter experts from the commercial buildings industry to develop the new model which aligns with the DOE and National Institute of Building Sciences Better Buildings Workforce Guidelines effort. To read more visit
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Date:  February, 2015
Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Denver Project Uses Career Pathways to Prepare Workers for Transportation and Construction Sectors Colorado
Denver Project Uses Career Pathways to Prepare Workers for Transportation and Construction Sectors:
The Regional Workforce initiative Now (WIN) project is an innovative partnership led by Denver's Regional Transportation District in collaboration with the Community College of Denver, Denver Transit Partners and the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver. WIN utilizes ETA's Transportation, Distribution and Logistics and Commercial Construction Competency Models, along with resources from the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University, to implement a series of career pathways in the transportation and infrastructure construction industries.

Since its inception in 2011, WIN has achieved significant accomplishments including:
  • Family sustaining wages: Average starting hourly wage for WIN placements is $16.25 ($32,300 annually)
  • Increased retention: 93% of individuals placed by WIN are employed at the same company 90 days later
  • Skills development: Nearly 70% of WIN participants complete at least one industry-endorsed course or attain at least one industry-endorsed certification
  • Career advancement: On average, 15% of WIN participants advance to new positions within one year
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(Case Summary PDF, 269 KB)

Date:  September, 2014
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