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General Information About the Grant

U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Round 4 Grant

Project Duration: 10/01/2014 – 09/30/2018 (three years of activity; fourth year for reporting)

Total Project Value: $9,994,854

Grant Lead: Centralia College and the Center of Excellence for Clean Energy

Grant detail

This $9,994,854 project brings together the clean energy, advanced manufacturing and construction sectors to prepare participants for employment in entry level, pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship occupations. It addresses the unique needs of unemployed, or under-employed dislocated workers, using innovative and sophisticated strategies.

The WISE Executive Leadership Team provides oversight for the U.S. Department of labor TAACCCT Round 4 grant, called Washington Integrated Sector Employment (WISE).

Comprised of members from industry (energy, advanced manufacturing and construction industries), organized labor and workforce development, the team provides strategic guidance to the WISE consortium and serves as a resource for partners to ensure grant goals are achieved. The consortium is led by three Washington state Centers of Excellence (Energy, Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing and Construction) and eight community and technical colleges.

Consortium Partners

  • Center of Excellence for Clean Energy
  • Center of Excellence for Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing
  • Construction Center of Excellence
  • Bates Technical College
  • Centralia College
  • Everett Community College
  • Green River Community College
  • Renton Technical College
  • Shoreline Community College
  • South Seattle College
  • Walla Walla Community College

Industry Sector Experts

Clean Energy 

  • Troy Nutter, Puget Sound Energy (chair)
  • Jeremy Gall, Avista Utilities
  • Bob Guenther, IBEW Local 77
  • Todd Currier, WSU Energy Program Labor Alternates
  • Alice Massara, Tacoma Power

Labor Alternates

  • Kairie Pierce, Washington State Labor Council

Workforce Development

  • Dawn Karber, Spokane Area Workforce Development Council

Advanced Manufacturing

  • Steve Kidd, CIMTech
  • Jesse Cote, 751 Machinists Centralia College
  • Bob Uptagrafft, Global Aero Ventures


  • Barbara Hins-Turner (PI), CoE for Clean Energy
  • Mary Kaye Bredeson, COE for Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing, Everett CC
  • Shana Peschek, Construction COE, Renton
  • Marla Miller, Centralia College


  • Stephanie Caldwell, Absher Construction
  • Moe Salem, McKinstry Technical College
  • Anna Pavlik, City of Seattle
  • Christina Riley, Northwest Laborers Training Trust


  • Anthony Valterra, WISE Lead Grant Manager