Energy Career Videos
View more energy career videos on NEED’s YouTube Channel! If you work in the energy sector and are interested in being interviewed, please email
Energy Career and
Workforce Development
The energy industry employs more than 6.7 million Americans, and that number is expected to grow, while job types are expected to expand in their diversity. Careers in the energy industry account for just under 10% of all the new jobs in the United States.
National Career Technical Education Foundation (NCTEF) and the National Association of State Directors of Career and Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) has released a 17th career cluster for career and technical education (CTE) classrooms.  This 17th cluster is focused on Energy.  The addition of the Energy Career cluster provides students interested in energy, renewable energy, and wind specifically a path to pursue an energy career while in high school.

NEED has a long history of working with utilities and energy and education organizations and agencies to provide energy curriculum materials (correlated to the state standards) that engage students in STEM and energy and provide the foundations for students to consider a variety of energy career pathways.

NEED can be your partner in creating and delivering STEM and workforce development and
 career readiness content and training for students of all ages – from middle school to adults in need of a career change.  
Energy, Climate, and You
This curriculum was developed for Rhode Island teachers and students in partnership with The Rhode Island Energy Efficiency and Resource Management Council, The Rhode Island Department of Health Climate Change Program, and The NEED Project. This multidisciplinary unit introduces students to energy consumption, energy efficiency, conservation and energy burden in Rhode Island, and how energy use can impact the climate and the health of Rhode Islanders. Hands-on materials can be purchased by contacting NEED. Teacher and/or student trainings can also be hosted upon request.
Solar Career Pathways
Solar Career Pathways is a partnership with NEED and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to provide a series of energy workshops for educators in SMUD’s service area in California. The program began in spring of 2019 when we started working on a curriculum piece for a 40-hour training program designed to help young adults in underserved communities prepare for entry-level careers in the solar installation industry. In 2020, we shifted gears and now host this program virtually!  SMUD Educator Workshops have covered wind energy, climate change and carbon dioxide, hydropower, and transportation.
Dominion Energy
Wind for Students
This curriculum was developed by The NEED Project in partnership with The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation for teachers in Virginia. The activities and information introduce students to wind, wind generation, and offshore wind technologies, as well as the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind Project. As the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind project advances, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation and NEED are working together to bring curriculum, teacher training and hands-on kits to Virginia’s schools. In 2022, two schools or educational institutions will be selected to receive a wind installation. Learn More!
Exploring Offshore Wind Energy
Energy From Offshore Wind
Wonders of Offshore Wind
Offshore Wind is Energy
New Energy Endeavors