Developing a talented workforce to support new generation and care for the most robust renewable energy source takes lots of new entrants who understand the dynamic nature of hydropower. To that end, The Foundation supports tailored workforce development events where students are hand-picked to come learn about the industry, get career support and meet organizations who are hiring. Continuing to foster programs that develop a strong workforce is one of the most important facets of the Foundation's mission.
Water Power STEM and Workforce Development
We’re inspiring tomorrow’s water power workforce.
Visit the updated STEM Hydropower and Marine Renewable Energy Portals and learn how: A good thing just got better.
In July, as part of an effort to recruit the best and brightest to the water power workforce, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Water Power Technologies Office (WPTO) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), partnering with the Hydropower Foundation, launched the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) workforce development and education portals for water power technologies.
Developed to support the future water power workforce in their exploration of these growing industries, the resources offered via the STEM Hydropower Portal and the STEM Marine Renewable Energy Portal will foster a better understanding of water power technologies and their potential, introducing tomorrow’s workforce to exciting career opportunities within the sectors.
“We’re collaborating with WPTO to ensure that the future workforce is gaining access to meaningful opportunities and valuable research on hydropower, the nation’s leading renewable energy source,” said Bree Mendlin, Program Director at the Hydropower Foundation.
Building tomorrow’s water power workforce starts with educating and inspiring young people today. The STEM Hydropower Portal and the STEM Marine Renewable Energy Portal can open the doors to challenging, rewarding careers in renewable energy technologies.
Explore what the future might hold for you with a career in water power. Visit the STEM Hydropower and Marine Renewable Energy Portals today and learn more.
STEM to Hydro/stem to marine energy Dialogue Series
STEM to Hydro Dialogue Workshop -
Oct. 27, 2020 co-located with the Northwest Regional Meeting produced by NWHA and NHA
2:00pm - 4:00pm (PDT)
Are you interested in growing the hydropower workforce in an innovative and virtual way? Join the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) and the Hydropower Foundation as they take participants on a journey through the recently launched STEM Hydropower portal. There, participants will be presented with the portal structure and content at a high level. Dialogues will focus on expanding and enriching the portal content and identifying gaps and needs for additional information to foster the linkage between academia and industry. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback on its relevance, breadth of information and its ability to disseminate information and attract workers to strengthen the U.S. hydro industry. This workshop is a great opportunity to collaborate with industry and academia and contribute to a tool that is building the hydropower workforce of tomorrow.