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Advanced Technology Industry Council
Advanced Technology Industry Council

Arts Media & Entertainment

Advanced Technology Industry Council

350 days of sunshine per year and a unique abundance of natural physical resources have secured the Coachella Valley a spot in the largest the of 24 Solar Energy Zones as determined by the U.S. Department of the Interior in 2009. The valley already has major geo-thermal, wind, bio-mass and alternative transportation companies well established. Sunline Transit Agency, the valley's public transportation company, was the first in the nation to convert its entire fleet to compressed natural gas (CNG) and they continue to explore potential for hydrogen fuel cell technologies. The valley is well-positioned for commercial growth in this sector and is working to establish a strong education pipeline to support a next-generation workforce for clean tech.

CVEP's Career Pathways Initiative and College of the Desert's Center for Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy (ATTE) are partnering to convene the Advanced Technology Industry Council.


The purpose of the council is:

  • To broadly support the growth of the Advanced Technology (Alternative & Renewable Energy / CleanTech) Industry cluster throughout the region.
  • Link business and education for the purpose of developing a local knowledge base to support the growth of this cluster.
  • Understand current composition of cluster – companies, jobs and necessary skills
  • To support the growth of education pathways for this cluster, growing a next generation talent pipeline

Powerful Partners:


40 representatives of the valley’s major employers and educators including water, gas and electric utilities, architecture, construction, engineering and transportation employers, Riverside County Economic Development and Workforce Development Agencies, Palm Springs Unified School District, Coachella Valley Unified School District, Desert Sands Unified School District, College of the Desert, California State University San Bernardino, University of California Riverside, Riverside County Office of Education


Smart Students:


Desert Hot Springs High School
Renewable Energy Academy of Learning (REAL)
Contact Tracy Piper, Ed.D, Assistant Principal
Tel: 760-299-7020

College of the Desert
The Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy program (ATTE)
Contact: Larry McLaughlin, Director
COD’s ATTE is one of ten centers statewide. These centers were created as a means for keeping California competitive as a national leader in advanced transportation and energy technologies and to transform the workforce in the rapidly developing, technology-driven transportation and energy industries, while improving the environment and stimulating the economy.

Cathedral City High School
ACE Career Pathway
Contact: Veronica Moreno-Nicholas, Coordinator & Instructor
Tel: 760-770-0100

The ACE career pathway at Cathedral City High School is for students who are interested in exploring the beginning curriculum for Architecture, Construction or Engineering. The program aims to be non-exclusive, so that many types of students can successfully complete the program. These result in a multitude of post-secondary options for pathway students: a four-year College, two-year College, technical training, structured entry-level work along a career path, or the beginning of a pursuit of lifelong learning -- where often young people had none.

The goal is to improve learning through more interesting and relevant experiences that integrate school-based and work-based learning and foster real-world applications of principles and concepts for what the Ford PAS curriculum aims to this purpose. The A.C.E. courses are designed to develop young people's competence, confidence, and connections that can ensure successful careers and citizenship.

California State University San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus
CSUSB Palm Desert is home to Palm Springs Institute for Environmental Sustainability
The mission of the Palm Springs Institute for Environmental Sustainability is to improve the quality of life in the Coachella Valley through research, education, and advocacy on issues pertaining to environmental sustainability. CSUSB Palm Desert opened the Palm Desert Health Sciences Building in 2009, and has applied for Gold LEED status. Details and energy monitoring are available online at:

UCR Center for Conservation Biology – UCR, Palm Desert Campus
The UCR Center for Conservation Biology is focused on research questions that manage a sustainable environment for people and our region’s natural biodiversity. Current research and projects include:

  • Impacts and control of exotic weeds in native habitats.
  • Determining sufficient habitat area and patch configuration to sustain populations of sand dune species.
  • Developing a framework from which to evaluate local environmental health, such as when to manage a region vs. letting nature “take its course.”
  • Creating a collaborative research program with conservation biologists working in arid lands in Mexico.
  • Developing programs to engage local middle and high school students in answering environmental research questions.

UCR, Bourns College of Engineering – Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT)
In 1992, the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside established the Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT) as a model for partnerships among industry, government, and academia. CE-CERT's goals were to become a recognized leader in environmental education, a collaborator with industry and government to improve the technical basis for regulations and policy, a creative source of new technology, and a contributor to a better understanding of the environment.

UCR – Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE) (CE-CERT)
SC-RISE launched in November 2009 and aims to become a magnet for research and a clearinghouse for information to drive the adoption of affordable solar energy in one of the world's sunniest regions.

Desert Mirage High School-Green Energy Technology Academy
86-150 Avenue 66
Thermal, Ca. 92274
Principal: Luis Rodriguez
Tel: 760-397-2255 X 2221
Lead Faculty: Patricia Inghram,

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