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IEF to host free webinar on clean energy jobs for Idaho youth 

The public is invited to join Idaho Energy Freedom (IEF) for its second-ever webinar, Idaho LAUNCH: Clean Energy Jobs for Gem State Youth, slated for Friday, March 1, at noon Mountain Time. 

The hour-long webinar will focus on the growing demand for clean energy workers in our state and include two special guest speakers, Dr. Sherawn Reberry, Program Manager for Idaho LAUNCH, and Vince Bowen, Idaho State University’s department chair at the College of Technology and executive director of the Energy Systems Technology & Education Center.

The first speaker will be Dr. Sherawn Reberry, a born and raised Idahoan who administers the Idaho LAUNCH program at the Idaho Workforce Development Council. An initiative of Governor Brad Little, Idaho LAUNCH grants students a one-time opportunity to have 80% of the tuition and fees at an eligible institution covered, up to a maximum amount of $8,000, with $75 million available to support Idaho students. Dr. Reberry has 31 years of experience working in education, including how it intersects with government and industry through her past roles as Director of Education Programs at the Idaho Digital Learning Academy (IDLA) and as a Board Member for the North Star Charter School, TeachID, and the Idaho Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development. 

Our second speaker will be Vince Bowen, who was born in Idaho and raised in Pocatello, and who began his career in the US Nuclear Navy serving as a prototype instructor and as a nuclear electrician aboard the USS Phoenix, a nuclear submarine. He left the Navy as a Chief Petty Officer, qualifying as an Engineering Watch Supervisor aboard the submarine. Following his Navy experience, he has worked at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) at numerous locations and a variety of positions, including Nuclear Facility Manager of the Specific Manufacturing Capability (Abrams tank armor), Hot Fuel Examination Facility (post-irradiation examination of nuclear fuel), Fuel Conditioning Facility (reprocess spent nuclear fuel), and Transient Reactor Test Facility (qualify fuel for Nuclear Regulatory Commission licensing). Additionally, he qualified as a Senior Reactor Operator and Shift Supervisor at the Advanced Test Reactor. He began his career as a construction foreman at age 15. He holds a bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s in public administration from Idaho State University.

Last December, IEF hosted a webinar focused on the future of clean energy in Idaho from Indigenous perspectives, which drew more than 300 registrants. Be sure to sign up in advance to join us for this second conversation, which couldn’t be more timely as the Idaho Legislature winds down. 

Here’s the link to sign up now. 

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