Shoreline Community College Program Profile

Program Name: Clean Energy Technology & Entrepreneurship

Information Updated October 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

15-40 at any given time

# of Faculty Members Teaching Energy

1 Full Time Faculty & 4 Part-Time Faculty

Degrees / Diplomas / Certificates Offered

Applied Arts & Sciences Associates Degree: Two Years – 90 Credits 

Certificate of Proficiency: One Year – 45 Credits

In-Person, Online & Hybrid

Introductory Course Information

Course Name

Introduction to Renewable Energy

Delivery Mode(s)


Course Duration

1 Quarter

# of Credits

5 Credits

Questions & Answers

Primarily reentry and job training. We are recruiting from all areas, including high schools.

We have a computer lab where we hold classes teaching SketchUp for solar shade analysis, and BIM focusing on Revit, and software used for net zero building design. Our hybrid in-person classes on solar energy design fundamentals use a variety of equipment including solar energy and electronics exploration kits, large and smaller solar panels, multimeters, amp meters, and IV curve tracers. We use a campus building to conduct an energy audit for those students studying energy modeling, and have light meters, distance meters, and electrical and volt testers.

The CET program continues to remain successful because of our dedicated faculty. The instructors are 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.

Our key industry ties are to various solar energy design companies and engineering firms who specialize in energy analysis. We also have ties to local non-profit organizations who specialize in clean energy programs, along with support from the City of Seattle and State of Washington. Our industry advisory board consists of approximately 11 people who currently work in the industry to advise our program, as shown on the list below:

  • Governor’s Clean Tech Sector, Lead – WA State Department of Commerce
  • Founder, CEO – A & R Solar
  • D., LEED AP, Principal Energy Engineer – Intertek
  • Principal Mechanical Engineer – JTK Engineering
  • Mechanical Designer, Associate – DLR Group
  • Building Applications Engineer – CopperTree Analytics
  • BEMP, LEED AP BD+C; Building Performance Practice Leader – Sazan Group
  • Executive Director, Center of Excellence for Clean Energy – Centralia College
  • Senior Manager, Engineer – Seattle City Light
  • Training Director/Instructor – NW WA Electrical Industry JATC
  • Instructor, Clean Energy Technology – Shoreline Community College
  • Dean, Math/Science/Engineering – Shoreline Community College

Students can arrange internships for credit, and it is not necessary to complete an internship to graduate.

EMSI data showing employment outcomes for 23 alumni between 2010 and 2021 found that 52% of graduates were employed in related.

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