Logo: The Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College
Logo: The Northwest Water and Energy Education Institute at Lane Community College

Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

Education & Training for Energy & Water Professionals

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Press & Media

News Bulletin: Upgrade Your Career

Cover Photo of NWPPA bulletin with solar panels and wind turbines

Originally published By NWPPA • June, 2017 on nwppa.org

"The objectives of the expanded program are not just limited to generating course content for online classes. The program is piloting a methodology for students to be able to accomplish technical hands-on activities remotely.

This means that students will not be required to travel to Eugene, Ore., for training. Instead, LCC is working with utilities to connect students to fieldwork mentors in their area (through the assistance of Northwest Water and Education Institute). The field work mentors are industry experts who will guide training activities specific to the student’s coursework. They will facilitate aspects such as access to tools, mechanical equipment, and/or tactile experiences. Additionally, they provide an invaluable direct student-to-industry connection that cultivates immersion into the energy industry along with potential employment opportunities."

Entire article: pdfBulletin_June_2017_WEB.pdf06/15/2017
Original article Link: https://www.nwppa.org/member-resources/communications/bulletin-magazine/bulletin-archive-2017/

Robots Are Coming and Oregon Community Colleges Are Trying to Deal with It

Originally published By Jacob Lewin • May 9, 2017 on klcc.org

"A lot of the jobs that community colleges are training Oregonians for you can't outsource.  Some of your folks working in advanced manufacturing, firefighters, law enforcement, nurses."

Thirty students in that field will have jobs in a local food processing plant, running and repairing high tech equipment with a median pay of $27 dollars an hour.  Meanwhile Columbia Gorge Community College is training wind technicians, Blue Mountain teaches students how to use drones to make irrigation efficient, and Lane Community College has a national model energy management program.

Entire article: pdfRobots_Are_Coming_KLCC.pdf05/18/2017
Original article Link: http://klcc.org/post/robots-are-coming-and-oregon-community-colleges-are-trying-deal-it

Siemens interested in graduates from LCC Energy Management program

​Originionally published By Joan Aschim Wednesday, June 22, 2016

people sitting around tableEUGENE, Ore. — Lane Community College is working with Siemens, one of the world’s largest engineering companies, in support of its Energy Management Program. The program includes a building automation systems option, which helps better prepare students for careers in the building technologies industry.

Siemens has a significant need for qualified building technologies personnel and is working with Lane to create a process of identifying students with a knowledge of building controls for possible positions in its Oregon offices.

Entire article: pdfnr2040-Newsroom-LaneCC.pdf
Original article Link: https://www.lanecc.edu/newsroom/n/nr2040

National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant Awarded

nsflogo-medLane Community College (LCC) has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to fund an Independent Learner Energy Education Design (iLEED) project led by LCC's Energy and Water Education Programs Coordinator, Roger Ebbage. Over the next 3 years, the $618,881 grant will focus on providing community college students with opportunities to learn about energy management through online classes, developing hands on skills with “real world” field projects and cultivating potential employment connections with Northwest public utilities mentors.

iLEED introduces a new method of career technical educational content delivery which enables energy efficiency education to be available for a wider population geographicly. It produces highly-qualified energy management technicians to our region’s commercial building sector and provides access to high-wage, high-skill jobs to students in rural areas, or students who are not able to attend “traditional” classes.

NEEI becomes NWEEI

The Northwest Energy Education Institute (NEEI) is now officially The Northwest Water & Energy Education Institute (NWEEI)

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What's up with the new name and updated logo?

Some of you may (or may not) have noticed a small change on our website and materials.  With the addition of water education into our 2-year degree programs and training expertise, we thought it prudent to have those changes represented within our name and within our logo. Our website address will remain as it has been for years (nweei.org).  Although it may seem a small change to some, this large step forward enables the organization to continue to be the preferred source of cost-effective, innovative, high-quality energy and water education designed to quickly respond to industry and societal trends.

Interesting notes about the new logo:

The letter forms are intentionally coupled together in a way that makes intuitive sense.

  • The N stands by itself for “Northwest”
  • The W and the E are connected and groups the subject matter that we cover
  • The E and the I are connected because it’s defining that we are an “Education(al) Institute”

Elements were taken from the old logo to make sure the new one doesn’t look TOO different from it’s origins.  This includes the letter forms used for the “N” one of the “E”s and a slightly modified version of the “i” with the star (or sun/certificate looking stamp).  We tried to keep the “W” in a similar style but more loose and flowing (like water!).  The curvy “w” and "e" look a bit space age (see NASA’s previous logo - used for inspiration). The result is a well balanced and highly readable logo that represents our organization with style.

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