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Florida energy workforce consortium year in review

Florida Energy Workforce ConsortiumYear in Review

Florida energy workforce consortium

Florida Energy Workforce Consortium

  • Formed in 2006 to develop solutions to meet the current and future workforce needs of Florida’s energy industry

  • Comprised of energy industry, construction, preK – 12 and post-secondary education, and workforce representatives – 60+ members

  • Compete for a talent puddle or work together to build a talent pool?

Florida energy workforce consortium year in review

WFI recognizes Energy as Key Infrastructure Industry.

Energy Technical Resource Group well underway.

Top occupations of concern

Top Occupations of Concern

  • Line Installers and Repairers

  • Plumbers, Pipefitters & Steamfitters

  • Welders

  • Maintenance and Repair Workers

  • Electricians

  • Engineering Technicians

  • Engineers (electrical, mechanical, chemical, civil…)

  • Instrumentation & Control Technicians

  • Power Plant Operators

Executive committee update

Executive Committee Update

  • 2012-2013 Officers –

    • Co-chairs: Sharon Patterson, JEA and Betsy Levingston, Lakeland Electric

    • Outreach: Jennifer Grove, Gulf Power

    • Policy & Education: Toni Scholtze, FPL

    • Finance: Sharon Patterson, JEA

    • Honorary EC Member: Andra Cornelius, Workforce Florida

Executive committee update continued

Executive Committee Update (continued)

  • Updated FEWC distribution list

  • Coordination of activities/projects/face-to-face meetings

  • “Careers in Energy Week” proclamation by Governor Scott

  • Monthly Conference calls

  • Promotional and Event Items (how to access)

State national outreach mission

State & National Outreach MISSION

  • To raise awareness of the energy industry careers that are critical to our state’s electrical infrastructure

  • To ensure collaborations are in place to achieve the necessary workforce development solutions to meet the industry’s current and future needs

  • To ensure that standing committees and councils are aware of the FEWC objectives and action plans

  • To play a critical role in developing communications between the FEWC and other state energy workforce consortia, other industry-related organizations, and national agency efforts to maximize awareness and solution sharing

Key linkages partnerships

Key Linkages/ Partnerships

  • Workforce Florida, Inc. 

  • Florida Department of Education

  • Florida Ready To Work

  • Florida Workforce Development Association

  • Florida Construction Users Roundtable (FCURT)

  • Florida Advanced Technical Education Center

  • Center for Energy Workforce Development

  • Other state energy workforce consortia

  • Southeastern Manpower Tripartite Alliance (SEMTA)

  • Nuclear Energy Institute

State and national outreach highlights 2012

State and National Outreach Highlights 2012

  • Collaborate with 30+ other state energy consortia

March 2, 2012

Rep. Seth McKeel (R-Lakeland) talks about the resolution to honor lineworkers across the state on Aug. 26. Lineworkers from across state attended.

Outreach highlights 2012 cont d

Outreach Highlights 2012 (cont’d)

  • Florida Skills USA Worlds of Possibilities Career Expo – May 1 & 2: Pensacola Civic Center (World of Energy)

Outreach highlights 2012

Outreach Highlights 2012

  • Represent and/or present at multiple state and national energy and workforce conferences:

    • Sunshine State Scholars Event Sponsor/booth: February, 2012

    • JEA hosted EPCE meeting in Jacksonville

    • CEWD Southeast Meeting – April 19 Charlotte

    • GIECP State Team Leads Meeting – June 4/5 DC

    • US News STEM Summit – June, Dallas

    • FACTE conference presentation – July, Jacksonville

    • State Consortia Team Leads Meeting – August, GPC in Atlanta

    • VA Governor’s Energy Summit – October in Richmond

    • CEWD Annual Summit – Nov. 14 – 16 Arlington, VA

Outreach coming up 2013

Outreach Coming Up 2013

  • Sunshine State Scholars: February 21 – 22; Orlando

  • SETA Spring Conference—Industry and Workforce Board Partnerships--GIECP, Jennifer Grove, Gulf Power (February, 2013)

  • CEWD Southeast Meeting: April 4 at Gulf Power

  • Continued management of GIECP

  • Continued support of other states as they work toward 17th cluster/ new curriculum frameworks

  • Continued support of Florida Energy Teachers Network and other initiatives/collaborations…

Career awareness

Career Awareness


  • To improve the image of the electric utility industry and introduce the population to innovative, lucrative, and productive, career paths within our industry.

  • 2012: Careers in Energy Week Essay Contest

    • Theme: “Energy Workers: Putting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) to Work” - October 15-19, 2012.

    • High school participants wrote an essay in 500-1000 words describing how energy workers make a world of difference.

    • Winners will be announced November 26, 2012.

    • iPods will be awarded for top 3 essays.

  • 2013: State Science Fair

    • 58th State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida

    • March 26–28, 2013

    • Lakeland Center, Lakeland

    • Three $500 awards for top 3 energy-related projects

Energy is fl s 17 th career cluster

Energy is FL’s 17th Career Cluster

  • Partnered with Florida Department of Education to gain approval for the addition of an Energy Industry Cluster - FIRST IN NATION!

  • Partnered with FDOE to develop 5 new secondary energy curriculum frameworks:

    • Energy Technician

    • Power Distribution Technician

    • Energy Generation Technician

    • Solar Energy Technology

    • Turbine Generator Maintenance, Inspection and Repair


Energy frameworks

Energy Frameworks

  • Most of these frameworks share 1st two common courses:

    • Energy Foundations/ Industry Fundamentals (CEWD curriculum materials)

    • Introduction to Alternative Energy (NCCER curriculum materials)

  • Energy Technician Course Framework (600 hours)

    • Energy Foundations/ Industry Fundamentals (CEWD)

    • Electricity 1 (NCCER Core, Your Role in a Green Environment)

    • Introduction to Alternative Energy (NCCER)

    • Electricity 2 (NCCER Electrical 1)

  • Now developing 7th grade (semester) and 8th grade (year-long) course frameworks for middle schools

Energy frameworks1

Energy Frameworks

  • PSAV Programs Only

    • Electrical Line Service and Repair

    • Solar Photovoltaic System Design, Installation and Maintenance – Entry Level

    • Solar Thermal System Design, Installation and Maintenance – Entry Level

  • Degree & Certificate Programs/Courses

    • Electrical Distribution Technology (AAS/AS – 0646030101)

      • Electrical Dist Technology Advanced (CCC – 0646030102)

      • Electrical Dist Technology Basic (CCC - 0646030103)

    • Electrical Power Technology (AAS/AS – 0615030318)

      • Alternative Energy Engineering Technology (CCC - 0615050304)

Energy cluster working group

Energy Cluster Working Group

  • Housed in Florida Department of Education Division of Career and Adult Education – thanks to Kathryn Frederick!

  • Chaired by Betsy Levingston of Lakeland Electric/ Co-Chaired by Jennifer Grove of Gulf Power; comprised of industry and education

  • Goal is to keep curriculum current and market-driven by:

    • Identifying occupations

    • Developing 3-year program of work

    • Overseeing implementation of program of work strategies, timeline & participants

    • Adding web component to keep instructors up-to-date on hot topics and continuing changes in industry

  • Our FEWC then shares this information with industry, workforce and education partners

Currently underway

Currently Underway

  • Second year of Energy Industry Fundamentals

  • First year of Introduction to Alternative Energy

  • New Middle School Programs (grades 6 – 8):

    • Introduction to Energy (semester-long course)

    • Introduction to Energy and Career Planning (semester)

    • Fundamentals of Energy (1 year course)

  • Academic Alignment of programs and courses with math & science

Academic alignment

Academic Alignment

  • What did we find?


Florida energy workforce consortium year in review

Sample Program Level Alignment:

Solar Energy Technology

Sample course level

Sample course level:

Introduction to Alternative Energy

Florida energy teachers network

Florida Energy Teachers Network

  • Comprised of teachers from throughout Florida who are now delivering or interested in delivering energy curriculum in the future

  • Launched with first training session in June, 2011 at Gulf Power in Pensacola – partnered with FACTE

  • Provide communications from industry/consortium to this network of teachers through email and have added teacher “toolkit” to FEWC website

  • Second session was held June, 2012 (will be attended by reps from MS, KS, and CA too) – again with FACTE as a partner

www.fewc.org (then click Energy Teachers tab)

Florida giecp update key partners

Florida GIECP UpdateKey Partners:

  • Education partners (high schools, technical centers)

  • State Workforce Board – Workforce Florida, Inc. – Youth Council

  • Regional Workforce Boards (are providing WIA Youth Counselors to serve in career coaching role)

  • Florida Ready-to-Work (Florida’s Work Keys Program)

  • Carried out under guidance of FEWC Executive Committee

Florida giecp implementation sites

Florida GIECP Implementation Sites:

  • Northwest FL Region: Jennifer Grove, Gulf Power

    • Gulf Power Academy at WFHS

    • Gulf Power Energy Institute at Milton High School

    • Electrical/welding programs at Locklin Tech

    • Youth STEM program in Okaloosa/Walton county this summer

  • Polk County: Betsy Levingston, Lakeland Electric

    • Lakeland Electric Power Academy at Tenoroc High School

    • May add Traviss Career Center Electrical/welding programs

  • Northeast FL: Sharon Patterson, JEA

    • STEM Academy at Raines High School

Career academy implementations

Eif is embedded in florida s energy career cluster

EIF is Embedded in Florida’s Energy Career Cluster

  • Most of these frameworks share 1st two common courses:

    • Energy Industry Fundamentals(CEWD curriculum materials)

    • Introduction to Alternative Energy (NCCER curriculum materials)

  • Energy Technician Course Framework

    • Energy Industry Fundamentals (CEWD)

    • Electricity 1 (NCCER Core, Your Role in a Green Environment)

    • Introduction to Alternative Energy (NCCER)

    • Electricity 2 (NCCER Electrical 1)

Most commonly

used in Florida

career academies


Additional giecp format

Additional GIECP format…

  • Youth STEM/ Energy Summer Program through a partner regional workforce board -

    • Funded by Workforce Florida, Inc. – state workforce board

    • Embedded Career Coaching and EIF pieces of GIECP – goal was to refer to relevant technical training

  • Students were enrolled full-time over the summer

  • Students continue to meet regularly through WIA Youth program throughout year – focusing on remediation training, employability skills, and the math bootcamp

Eif feedback from year 1

EIF Feedback from Year 1:

  • Solid course with great content and materials. Some improvements need to be made (CEWD working on revisions).

  • Detailed “train-the-trainer” and opportunity to learn from other instructor experiences is very valuable.

  • Be sure to embed industry speakers and field trips along the way! Plan for this at beginning of school year.

  • Key issues with end of course exam for high school students – working with CEWD and EIF Credential Advisory Committee on changes to address this concern.

Florida giecp metrics

Florida GIECP Metrics

  • numbers include WFHS, Locklin Tech, Milton High School, Okaloosa/Walton STEM Youth program, Raines High School – will add Polk County this winter

  • ALL are enrolled in relevant program

  • Recruited: 169

  • Met with Case Mgr: 118

  • Took Work Keys: 111

  • NCRC Silver or above: 72

  • Took Employability Skills: 20

  • Pass Employability Skills: 12

  • Completed EIF: 79; EIF Currently enrolled: 26

  • Take pre-employment test: 11; Test Passed: 10

  • Total credentials earned: 224 (including NCCER)

  • Hired (paid internships)12

Critical success factors

Critical Success Factors

  • Meaningful partnerships at the state level with state Dept. of Education and state Workforce Board are CRITICAL!

  • True industry engagement – have to be in it for the long haul! Must engage at state level for policy and local level for implementation.

  • Need platform to build teacher/program network throughout state – instructors need support of other instructors – especially with new curriculum!

  • Don’t implement anything that doesn’t already fit your plan!

Finance committee 2012

Finance Committee 2012

  • FEWC cash balance as of August 31 = $50,205.53

  • FEWC Member Companies 2013

    • Tampa Electric (TECO)

    • Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC)

    • JEA

    • Progress Energy

    • City of Lakeland (Lakeland Electric)

    • Florida Power & Light (FPL)

    • CLM Workforce Connection

    • Gulf Power Company

Future fewc events

Future FEWC Events

  • CEWD National Summit—November 14-16

  • Face to Face meeting schedule

  • Others?!

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