NEED Career and Workforce Development Programs

NEED can be your partner in creating and delivering workforce development and career readiness content. NEED has been working with partners to create hands-on content and training for students of all ages – from middle school to adults in need of a career change. NEED works with partners to customize the content to fit the program needs.  For more information on programming, please contact NEED at


The NEED Project provides curriculum on a variety of energy topics including energy transformations, energy sources, electricity, transportation fuels, and energy efficiency & conservation, and workforce development in the energy sector.  Career-focused content can be its own module, focused on preparing workers for a job in a certain field, or the career content can be contained within a standard classroom-style unit to help reinforce content. Take a peek at some examples of existing units. For more information about partnering on future curriculum, please contact NEED.

Training and Programs

NEED works with individuals, organizations, schools, professional societies, and utility providers to provide training in the areas of interest. Trainings are tailored to fit the needs of the partner and can incorporate custom curriculum, speakers, tours, and more. Programs can fit any age range. For more information about creating a training program, please contact NEED.


    • U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration – Energy Industry Studies Program – a primer program for new employees in the department
    • Summer Youth Enrichment Program (SYEP), Prince George’s County, Maryland – an energy-focused enrichment and workforce readiness program for students aged 14-15 during summer break
    • Exelon STEM Innovation + Leadership Academy – a summer immersion experience for high school-aged young women to learn more about STEM, energy and climate change, while gaining leadership opportunities and networking experience
    • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD), Energy Careers Pathways – solar energy training program for adults ages 18 and up that includes hands-on technical skills training, classroom education, and professional skills development
    • Pacific Gas and Electric (PGE), Career Energy Academies – helping to create high school programming that prepares and trains students for energy sector jobs and certifications