Summer Teacher Institute, July 2016
Supply and Demand: Framing Energy through Sustainable Building Science Technology
July 11-15, 2016, South Seattle College
The NSF Grant Summer Teacher Institute is a STEM-focused, 30-hour, professional development experience that is specifically designed to unite district educators and industry professionals to do the following:
- Examine the relationship between energy and sustainable building science technology.
- Learn and utilize tools, such as Portfolio Manager, an interactive resource management tool that tracks and assesses energy and water use in commercial buildings.
- Participate in field trips to smart buildings.
- Discuss STEM workforce pipeline issues, and identify career opportunities and educational pathways.
- Exchange ideas that promote career readiness and post-secondary access.
For more information, see NSF Summer Teacher Institute Flyer. Follow the link to register: Registration Form
National Science Foundation Grant Summary
Expanding Lifelong STEM Career Pathways in Sustainable Building Science Technology
Project Duration: August 2014 – July 2017
South Seattle Community College, Washington State University, and Edmonds Community College are working with industry partners to prepare technicians for the sustainable building science technology workforce. Due to the effects of the Baby Boom bubble, retirements in the energy efficiency industry are estimated to reach 23 percent of building energy managers in the next five years. As these skilled and experienced employees prepare for retirement, the market for an even more advanced workforce is expected to grow. More complex building codes and ever emerging technologies create increased demand for increasingly skilled labor. The institutions are addressing industry needs by implementing career and education pathways at all levels of the skill continuum. The potential societal benefits include producing a stable supply of highly skilled and diverse graduates to serve as managers of sustainable buildings into the future.
Further, outreach activities for area high school students are laying the groundwork for creating an ample supply of high school graduates into sustainable building management on a continual basis.