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STEPs4GROWTH [Successful Training and Effective Partnerships for Growing Regional Opportunities in the Workforce To Harness] the NC Clean Energy Alliance.

STEPs4GROWTH is funded by the Department of Commerce’s Good Jobs Challenge, with a $23.7 million investment over four years. Led by the Center for Energy Research & Technology at NC A&T State University, STEPs4GROWTH is a Comprehensive Clean Energy (CE) Workforce Development Project designed to shape the future of renewable talent in North Carolina and across America.

This initiative focuses on four key CE sectors: Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Clean Vehicles, and Grid & Resiliency. Its primary goal is to create “Middle Skill Jobs” for a diverse range of individuals, including college students, high school graduates, and reskilled or displaced workers. The program offers various credentials such as BS & AAS degrees, Certifications (short & long), Targeted Courses, and Apprenticeship Certificate degrees, providing multiple pathways to the workforce.

September 1, 2022
– September 30, 2026

Project Details

Funded by DOC U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) via North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NCAT)

(External Funding)

Administrative Unit

Appalachian Energy Center (AEC)

Research Theme

Project Team Members

Dr. James "Jamie" Russell

Director of Appalachian Energy Center
Professor

Kate Bashford

Project Manager

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