Posted on | July 22, 2011 | Comments Off on PCATT Partners to Enhance Learning Experience
Honolulu’s Pacific Center for Advanced Technology Training received a $833,000 U.S. Department of Energy Smart Grid Workforce Development grant to design and deploy industry-certified courses. PCATT has formed a partnership with Incremental Systems Corporation and PowerData Corporation, who will make available massive real-time simulation software, which will provide a virtual learning environment for operators, engineers and students. Through its own Department of Energy Workforce grant, IncSys and PowerData have licensed the software and training to PCATT at no cost.
The software will provide realistic simulations for students to experience how to prevent major power system events such as the Northeast blackout of 2003. IncSys and PowerData’s primary goal is to facilitate interaction between industry and educators to maximize the level of knowledge capture and transfer.
“PCATT is grateful for the partnership with IncSys and PowerData to enable us to create an innovative curriculum that will benefit the power sector within our state,” says Rosemary Sumajit, interim PCATT director. “Hawaiʻi is the ideal place to be at the forefront of sustainable practices and knowledge obtainment for the Pacific region because of the different inputs of energy we benefit from, such as, the sun, water and wind. It is because of partnerships like this that allows PCATT to be the premier learning resource center for advanced technology.”
The training program that PCATT is developing will provide pathways for traditional, non-traditional, incumbent and displaced workers to develop the requisite knowledge and skills required for deploying and maintaining a smart grid distribution system while eventually acquiring an associate degree or two-year certificate.