Walter Yakabosky

Director of Training, Energy Coordinating Agency

Mr. Yakabosky spent 19 years in the private sector in sales and senior management.  He served as adjunct faculty at several community colleges and private schools across the country.  

In 1993 he accepted a position as the Director for Business and Industry Training at the Community College of Philadelphia where he was responsible for developing and delivering customized curricula for business and industry through the city of Philadelphia.  In 1999 he accepted a position as Dean for Technical Education at Delaware County Community College where he was responsible for three departments within the division – Public Safety, Technical Programs and Customized Training for business and industry. Mr. Yakabosky has consulted for several Career and Technical Centers in Pennsylvania to assist them in developing a clear Program of Study under the Perkins Legislation that provided a seamless transfer of credits to various disciplines at Pennsylvania community colleges. Mr. Yakabosky Chaired the Technical Deans Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges for a 2 year term.

Currently, he is the Director of Training at ECA’s  John S. and James L. Knight Green Jobs Training Center located in Philadelphia, and is responsible for developing and implementing curriculum and courses related to energy conservation and the Green Economy. In the 2 years of operation of the training center Mr. Yakabosky has secured over $4.5 million in grants from government, foundations and business and industry to retrofit a 150 year old factory to LEED Gold standards as well as deliver programs and courses to over 1,000 incumbent and emerging workers. In April of 2011 he designed and held a conference entitled “Credentials Matter” that brought together national leaders in energy efficiency from the Department of Energy, the Building Performance Institute, Affordable Comfort Institute, and the Interstate Renewable Energy Consortium. In attendance were contractors, teachers from K-12, faculty from post-secondary institutions, engineers, architects, and students who wanted to understand what knowledge, skills and abilities as well as what credentials are required to compete in the emerging Green Economy.

My Sessions

Workforce Development

Juniata Ballroom

In the Mid-Atlantic, the energy efficiency economy expands exponentially every year, but can the workforce keep pace with market growth? Demand for skilled clean energy workers will only increase, and the labor shortage suggested by data projections will only be further impacted as baby boomers retire. This panel will examine the current policy landscape and […]