About Workforce Development and Education Programs
NREL believes renewable energy and energy efficiency R&D is only part of the new energy future equation. Educating students, teachers, and consumers is the other key to finding new renewable ways to power our homes, businesses, and cars.
We now live in a world in which global economic growth—particularly the growing energy demand in developing countries—will contribute to a 50% increase in worldwide energy consumption by 2025. By 2050, the world will need to find an additional 20 terawatts of energy and the United States will be competing along with countries such as China and India to satisfy our growing energy needs. To meet the challenges of this new energy future, we will need new ways of thinking about and producing energy.
From student competitions to senior-level research programs, NREL's educational opportunities help provide the link to the new energy future.
Elementary and high school science programs engage young minds in renewable energy and also provide teacher support.
College and post-graduate programs help to develop a capable and diverse workforce for the future through mentored research internships and fellowships.
As the country's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research, NREL stands apart as a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math education, committed to excellence in teaching and learning.
For more information about the educational programs available at NREL, contact a member of the Workforce Development and Education Staff.