Preparing Tomorrow's Clean Energy Work Force 

A recent grant obtained by Project LEARN from the Mass Clean Energy Center helped to provide over 20 Lowell High 11th and 12th grade students coursework, hands-on experiences, and job-related certification and training to prepare them for a skills-based summer work at a clean energy company.  In the Clean Energy Career Pathways three-semester course, students participated in a multi-phase career explorations program. Not only did they learn essential job skills such as interviewing, time management, and resume writing, they also received an overview of biofuel, solar, thermal, and wind energy technologies. 

Partnerships with the Green Jobs Academy, South Middlesex Opportunity Council, and Concord Consortium helped ensure that students received thoughtfully designed project-based learning experiences. Students have received OSHA 10 and Lead Safety certifications, training in weatherization and solar panel installation, and learned how to perform energy audits on businesses around the City of Lowell. Thanks to these hands-on training experiences and certifications, these students are prepared to be job-ready in the Clean Energy field. 

This program has been coordinated by Project LEARN and funded by the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center’s Learn & Earn grant program. Project partners include UMass Lowell, Middlesex Community College, Community Teamwork, Inc., The City of Lowell, Concord Consortium, South Middlesex Opportunity Council, the Green Jobs Academy, and regional clean energy companies.