CU-Boulder receives DOE Recovery Act funds for smart grid workforce training program

April 12, 2010

Source: The University of Colorado at Boulder

The University of Colorado at Boulder was awarded $2.4 million in Recovery Act funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to build a smart grid workforce training program. The funds will help CU-Boulder to build an engineering graduate program focused on smart grid technologies.

CU-Boulder intends to use these funds to build a sustainable graduate engineering program with a focus on networking, wireless communications, and cyber security within electric power systems. The academic program is designed for students seeking a full Master of Science degree or a shorter certificate and can be flexibly completed on-campus or from anywhere online.

U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced award selections for nearly $100 million for 54 smart grid workforce training programs that will help prepare the next generation of workers in the utility and electrical manufacturing industries.

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These projects will leverage more than $95 million in funding from community colleges, universities, utilities and manufacturers to develop and implement training programs. The selectees estimate that the programs will train approximately 30,000 Americans. These workers will help to modernize the nation's electrical grid and implement smart grid technologies in communities across the country.

At least $6.7 billion in Recovery Act funds is expected to come to Colorado through more than 100 different programs.

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