To help the energy industry meet expanding professional workforce needs, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced a partnership with the Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE) to offer online graduate degree programs in power-systems engineering beginning in fall 2011. WPI becomes the fourth educational partner to join EPCE’s national coalition, which represents two-thirds of the utility industry.
Platts Utility Data Institute predicts that over the next 10 years, more than 750 GW of new generating capacity will be installed worldwide, requiring a $500-billion investment. That represents a huge opportunity for plant manufacturers and energy services companies. (Source: Power Systems Engineering Research Center (PSerc) public report, “Power Education at the Crossroads,” December 2008).
WPI is offering two online degrees—a Master of Engineering in Power Systems Engineering and a Master of Science in Power Systems Management—for the professional, degreed engineer. WPI is also offering online graduate certificates that compliment these master’s degrees by offering a subset of the courses.
“As a nation, we continue to seek reliable, safe and sustainable energy that support our economy,” says Stephen P. Flavin, VP of Academic and Corporate Development at WPI.
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