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Building an Inclusive Energy Workforce

Workforce Development is a critical component on the path to decarbonization. The State Energy Program supports education, outreach, and other training activities that provide Michigan businesses, communities, and citizens with information to make informed climate and energy decisions with special attention will be given to energy equity issues.

The State Energy Program and its partners provide information and training on energy efficiency (EE), renewable energy (RE) and climate that focus on:

  • showcasing energy efficiency and/or renewable energy options and opportunities,
  • reduce energy consumption in public, commercial, and/or residential buildings,
  • improve compliance, enforcement, and implementation of energy codes, and
  • increase familiarity with EE/RE projects and technologies among students, contractors/installers, building operators, and others, resulting in a skilled and trained workforce and increased implementation of EE/RE measures across a variety of sectors

Programs and Partnerships

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Building Operator Training

Building Operator Training (BOT) and Certification® (BOC) is a nationally recognized training and certification program focusing on energy efficient building operations and preventative maintenance procedures. Facilities with BOC graduates are proven to save energy, have lower energy bills, and offer improved comfort for occupants.
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Students tour Ludington Pumped Storage Power Plant during Careers in Energy Week

LEO Employment and Training

The Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunities (LEO) Employment and Training develops customized workforce solutions for businesses and individuals, including those with disabilities, and provide opportunities for residents to gain educational skills necessary to transition in postsecondary education, job training and employment. 
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