Shoreline Community College Program Profile

Program Name: Clean Energy Technology & Entrepreneurship

Information Updated June 2023

Lindsey Virdeh Lead Faculty Shoreline College

Lead Faculty

Lindsey Vidreh ( is the lead faculty for the Renewable Energy Program at Shoreline Community College

Program Information

Date Program Started


Geographic Area of Students

Primarily Puget Sound/ Western Washington

# of Students in Program

35-40 at any given time

# of Faculty Members Teaching Energy

6 Part-Time Faculty


Gender: Male 75%, Female 25%

Ethnicity: Caucasian 65%, Asian/Pacific Islander 13%, Other/Unknown 21%

Veterans: 15%

Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates Offered

Applied Arts & Sciences Associates Degree: Two Years 

Certificate of Proficiency: One Year

Introductory Course Information

Course Name

Introduction to Renewable Energy

Delivery Mode(s)


Course Duration

1 Quarter

# of Credits

5 Credits

Questions & Answers

Energy Management and Systems Technology (Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code 15.0503) is a rapidly growing field in Washington State. Shoreline Community College formerly classified its CET students under CIP Code 46.9902 (Construction Trades, Other). In order to stay relevant in this emerging market, the curriculum was fully redesigned to meet the specifications of an energy management and systems technology program; likewise, the CIP Code for classifying enrolled students was updated to 15.0503. As defined by IPEDS, an Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician program, “prepares individuals to apply basic engineering principles and technical skills in support of engineers and other professionals engaged in developing energy-efficient systems or monitoring energy use. [This] includes instruction in principles of energy conservation, instrumentation calibration, monitoring systems and test procedures, energy loss inspection procedures, energy conservation techniques, and report
preparation” (Source: IPEDS). While growth in Energy Management and Systems Technology declined in 2012, recent economic analyses have shown consistent job growth since 2013. As can be seen in the graph and chart in Figure 1, the Greater Seattle Area considerably surpasses the nation in Energy Management and Systems Technology jobs (Source: EMSI 2016 Q2 Dataset): 

Figure 1 - Regional Trends in Energy Management and Systems Technology. In the Region, in 2003 there were 38 completions and in 2013 there were 263 completions which is a 592.1% change. In the Nation, in 2003 there were 5207 completions and in 2013 there were 10680 completions which is a 105.1% change.

As can be seen in Figure 2, the overall growth in related jobs is anticipated to be steady through 2020, with an overall 8.1% change over 2016-2020, according to EMSI (Source: EMSI 2016 Q2 Dataset):

Figure 2 - Energy Management and System Technology Growth: In 2016, there were 11,475 jobs. In 2020, there were 12,402 jobs. The increase was 927 jobs or 8.1%.

According to the Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County, “[The] Seattle metropolitan area ranks 13th for the size of our clean economy among the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S. The fastest growing clean economy sectors in Seattle/King County are renewable energy, biofuels/biomass, smart grid, remediation, and public transit….With our abundance and variety of resources ranging from wind to sunshine to water, the King County area is a natural location for clean tech innovation.…In fact, just the Seattle metro area alone has seen clean tech employment far surpass the national average, and ranks in the top 20 in the U.S. As an area that actively supports green thinking, King County is poised to lead the world in clean technology” (Economic, 2016).

The CET program continues to remain successful because of our dedicated faculty. The instructors our experts in their fields and are passionate about supporting students. While their teaching status is part-time, they are all fully committed to ensuring students reach their academic and career goals. We are also fortunate to have a vibrant and devoted advisory committee. Our committee members hire our students, provide job shadows, arrange tours, and meet three times per academic year to inform the program concerning trends and relevant industry needs. Overall, we remain enthusiastic in our desire to train our students for positions in the emerging technologies of the Clean Energy industry.

 Students can arrange internships for credit but it is not necessary to complete an internship to graduate. Internships are difficult to secure.

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View the syllabus for Shoreline Community College's Introduction to Renewable Energy course, or visit Shoreline directly for more information on their Applied Associate Degree and Certificate programs.

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