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Region’s Cleantech Cluster & Community College Programs are Focus of Institutional Partners Meeting


Research Triangle Region, N.C. – Members of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership’s (RTRP) Institutional Partner network gathered for its quarterly meeting in November for a briefing on the region’s emerging cleantech cluster and programs offered by Durham Technical Community College to support it

The region is fast becoming a globally recognized center for smart grid, clean transportation and alternative energy innovation, said Bo Carson, RTRP’s vice president of information services. The region hosted the International Cleantech Network in October, which comprises leading cleantech clusters from around the world.

Regional work groups are focused on exploring ways to rally the region’s triple helix of university, private sector and cluster support organizations to accelerate growth of companies and the cleantech cluster.

Pam Senegal, dean of Career and Technical Programs at Durham Tech, briefed the group on how the college’s curriculum and training programs are helping meet the workforce needs of the cluster now and in the future.

Durham Tech is establishing programs that have multiple entry points for high school graduates to pursue associate degrees related to the cluster as well as for programs for bachelor’s degree holders. It is working to develop a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) center to tighten its direct connection with industry. A Code Green Super CIP process is aligning curricula in electrical, automotive, architecture, sustainability technologies and other areas to prepare worker with knowledge of how to generate, transmit and distribute commercial, industrial and residential power sources.

RTRP’s Institutional Partners includes government, academic and nonprofit organizations that voluntarily align their strategies and activities to support the region’s economic development strategy, called The Shape of Things To Come. The group meets quarterly to review progress, results and plan toward achieving the goals of the strategic plan and to receive briefings on issues and activities related regional economic competitiveness.

The next quarterly Institutional Partners meeting will be Feb. 2. For more information, to attend or to make a presentation, contact Pam Wall, RTRP vice president of product development, at (919) 840-7372, ext 24 or pwall@researchtriangle.org.

RTRP is the public-private organizations that leads economic development for the Research Triangle Region of North Carolina, home to The Research Triangle Park and the 13 counties of Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Warren. For more information, visit www.researchtriangle.org.