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December 21, 2016 – CEWD member NextEra Energy, Inc. announced that for the second consecutive year the Association of ERGs and Councils has named NextEra Energy a recipient of its premier national award that celebrates the outstanding achievements of employee resource groups (ERGs), business resource groups (BRGs), and diversity councils. Learn More
October 19, 2016 – To help meet the workforce needs of Louisiana’s rapid economic growth, Entergy’s Louisiana companies announced an investment of more than $1 million to support local workforce development training programs. Learn More
October 19, 2016 – CEWD member Duke Energy has shared a video of their Osceola Solar Facility development. It is a 4 Megawatts AC facility located in Kenansville, Florida. Learn More
October 19, 2016 – The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will promote careers in the energy industry during a week-long effort that includes a virtual job fair. Two websites also promote employment opportunities in the sector. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper proclaimed October 17 to 21 Careers in Energy Week. Learn More
October 19, 2016 – What keeps the utilities operating are thousands of New Jersey men and women who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure our services are reliable and resilient. That’s why the New Jersey Utilities Association and its 15 member utility companies recognized the third week of October as New Jersey Careers in Utilities Week. Learn More
October 18, 2016 – The Beam Event is an annual partnership between Mississippi Power and the American Association of Blacks in Energy. This week, more than 80 high schoolers from Mississippi’s three coastal counties were powered up and plugged in to the opportunities available to them in the energy industry. Learn More
October 14, 2016 – As Michigan’s economy continues to grow and evolve, so does the energy industry. Michigan is transforming the way energy is produced to power homes, companies, and more to make energy cleaner and greener. Throughout the week of October 17, Michigan will recognize Careers in Energy Week. Learn More
August 17, 2016 – For more than a decade, APS and the Phoenix Suns have partnered to promote STEM education in Arizona schools by offering $50,000 in mini-grants for hands-on projects focused on the STEM subjects. Grants of up to $2,500 each may be awarded, with a total of up to $50,000 available for the 2016-2017 school year. Learn More
August 11, 2016 – AEP awarded $200,000 in grants to 101 FIRST Robotics teams this year to support STEM education and careers. Throughout AEP’s service territory, the company has contributed more than $2.5 million to encourage an estimated 23,000 students’ interest and participation in FIRST Robotics since 1996. Learn More
June 16, 2016 – The Engineer Development Program (EDP) has been designated as an AVANGRID best practice. The EDP program takes newly hired engineers, some of them former interns, and rotates them over two years through various engineering departments. Learn More
March 31, 2016 – D.C.-area high school robotics Team 1418, also known as Vae Victis (“Woe to the Vanquished” in Latin), are interested in mastering the art of science and technology. This team has appeared at different events in the area, including the CEWD annual summit. Learn More
March 15, 2016 – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is working with other labor organizations and electric power companies to ensure that we have the culture in place to support engaged employees today and create expanded opportunities for the workplace of tomorrow. Learn More
March 9, 2016 – The Edison Electric Institute will again sponsor student teams participating in the FIRST Robotics competitions and the FIRST Tech Challenge. The “Get Into Energy, Get Into STEM” program will be supported by 12 energy companies and is managed by CEWD. Learn More
November 11, 2015 – CEWD Executive Director Ann Randazzo was featured in an NPR story on lineworkers and the International Lineman’s Rodeo. MEC lineworkers Matthew Doss and Jamie Walden are pictured in the article. Learn More
October 14, 2015 – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared October 12-19 as Careers in Energy Week to mark the many programs and resources New York offers to help individuals to embark on careers in the energy industry. Governor Cuomo also used this week to highlight the New York Troops to Energy initiatve he launched last year. Learn More
October 14, 2015 – The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment is helping to educate Coloradans about the need for a strong workforce to staff energy jobs and encourage them to consider careers in the energy industry as part of Careers in Energy Week. Learn More
October 12, 2015 – Wisconsin’s technical colleges celebrated Careers in Energy Week by offering events and promoting awareness of growing and rewarding careers in energy through Tech College Effect: Energy. Learn More
October 8, 2015 – The Lansing (Michigan) Board of Water & Light is raising awareness about careers in energy as part of the Careers in Energy Week initiative. Lansing BWL will host the executive board of ATHENA WIN for a meet-and-greet luncheon to network and emphasize careers for women as well. Learn More
October 7, 2015 – DTE Energy and Consumers Energy are kicking off their second annual Careers in Energy Week. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder proclaimed Careers in Energy Week to raise awareness about a sector that boasts nearly 90,000 jobs in Michigan and creates more than 1,500 new opportunities a year. Learn More
October 7, 2015 – The Mid-Atlantic Energy Workforce Consortium, an industry partnership of 11 utilities located in 6 states, was formed earlier this year to ensure that the utility industry has a sustainable, diverse, and qualified workforce to meet the future workforce needs of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Learn More
October 1, 2015 – The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) received a 2015 American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) Summit Award. The award recognizes EEI’s efforts to develop a highly skilled and innovative energy workforce through CEWD and its Troops to Energy Jobs and Get Into Energy / Get Into STEM programs. Learn More
September 29, 2015 – The Wisconsin Technical College System announced the statewide launch of Tech College Effect: Energy, which promotes awareness of diverse energy jobs and coincides with CEWD’s Careers in Energy Week from October 12-18. Learn More
September 13, 2015 – Because San Diego Gas & Electric understands how important it is to be able to fill new power grid jobs with qualified applicants, it has worked closely with UC San Diego Extension and universities across the country to identify and create programs that teach the advanced niche skills needed. Learn More
July 7, 2015 – Sustaining high-quality nuclear education programs is a priority for the nuclear energy industry, according to a statement by NEI. Universities and community colleges both play a role to ensure that our country has the world-class graduates desired by the nuclear industry. Learn More
July 2, 2015 – The nuclear energy industry’s workforce pipeline partnership with community colleges is adapting to changing industry needs, according to a Nuclear Energy Institute survey that tracked enrollment and graduation rates, employment metrics, and diversity of the industry’s Nuclear Uniform Curriculum Program (NUCP). Learn More
June 10, 2015 – Members of a FIRST Tech Challenge winning team had the opportunity to meet with Elon Musk of Tesla while hundreds of utility executives looked on during the Edison Electric Institute annual meeting in New Orleans. Learn More
May 27, 2015 – Jackson College has launched two new energy-related degrees: a B.S. in energy systems management and an associate degree in energy systems technology. The latter is designed to prepare students as entry-level technicians, while the bachelor’s program is designed to give technicians additional skills. Learn More
May 26, 2015 – Florida Power & Light and its parent company, NextEra Energy, have been racking up industry awards. The companies have been recognized for its call centers, smart grid, and billing programs, and was recognized as one of Fortune Magazine’s “Most Admired.” Learn More
May 11, 2015 – The Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium has been selected as one of seven regional partners to participate in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Talent Pipeline Management initiative to close the skills gap in America. Learn More
April 24, 2015 – The Subcomittee on Energy and Power is working on a comprehensive energy bill that seeks to improve education and training for energy and manufacturing-related jobs and bridge the gap between underrepresented communities and the energy and manufacturing workforce. Learn More
April 16, 2015 – The New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering has launched a certificate program for Power Technologies. This certificate gives company staff core competencies to support electric power systems, electronic power supplies, and electric drives in the energy sector. Learn More
April 15, 2015 – FIRST announced that Qualcomm Incorporated will return as Presenting Sponsor for the 2015 FIRST Championship being held at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, April 22-25. Qualcomm is joining a long list of sponsors, including CEWD. Learn More
March 13, 2015 – With Latinos making up more than 75 percent of the high school dropouts, OC United Way and Edison International have partnered to help reduce these rates. Southern California Edison (SCE) recently donated $250,000 to the nonprofit. Learn More
March 12, 2015 – Thirteen middle and high school teams will travel to Iowa to compete in a regional robotics challenge co-sponsored by the DTE Energy Foundation and 11 energy companies as part of CEWD’s “Get into Energy, Get into STEM” careers in energy campaign. Learn More
February 18, 2015 – The Western Maricopa Education Center in Arizona is building a new Sustainable Energy and Industrial Technology campus. It will be a career and technical education school with an emphasis on the energy industry. Its laboratories will be outfitted with actual industry tools for hands-on training and simulations. Learn More
February 11, 2015 – In Indiana, the NIPSCO Energy Academy obtained $223,809 as one of the recipients of the 2015 Innovative Career and Technical Education grants. The grant will fund energy-related course offerings, energy simulators, lab equipment, a summer internship, teacher and mentor training, and more. Learn More
January 16, 2015 – The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) announced a new industry initiative to sponsor FIRST® Robotics competitions and the FIRST® Tech Challenge. The new “Get Into Energy, Get Into STEM” initiative will be supported by 11 electric companies and will be managed by CEWD. View the Press Release
November 30, 2014 – Some Kansas schools will soon offer another option for career-focused education: high-school courses designed for careers in the energy field. Several districts across the state are interested in offering the energy courses, and collaborated with utility companies and other school districts and post-secondary schools seeking to develop them. Learn More
October 22, 2014 – Indiana Governor Mike Pence joined representatives from NIPSCO, the Michigan City Area Schools, and the La Porte County Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program for a ribbon-cutting ceremony as they celebrated a new partnership preparing Northwest Indiana students for high-demand jobs in the electronics, energy, and utility industries. Learn More
October 18, 2014 – Utilities across the country are bracing for high rates of turnover as baby boomers leave the workplace. Avista and other local utiltiies are forecasting openings for engineers, computer technicians, managers, lineworkers, and other skilled trades in the next 5 to 10 years. Learn More
October 16, 2014 – San Diego Gas & Electric joined other California utilities to kick off the third annual Careers in Energy Week, a nationwide initiative that promotes STEM education and aims to address the need for a qualified, diverse energy industry workforce. Learn More
October 15, 2014 – Nicor Gas, Northern Illinois’ largest natural gas distribution company, is partnering with the Illinois Energy Workforce Consortium and other Illinois-based energy groups to increase public awareness of a variety of careers within the energy industry during Careers in Energy Week. Learn More
October 8, 2014 – Cheryl LaFleur, former executive vice president and acting CEO of National Grid USA, was the keynote speaker for Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s fourth annual Energy Symposium, where she told students that hot jobs are in the energy industry right now. Learn More
May 21, 2014 – A bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers announced that they have reached a deal to improve the nation’s workforce development system through new legislation. The bill modernizes and improves existing federal workforce development programs, helps workers attain skills for 21st century jobs, and fosters the modern workforce that evolving American businesses rely on to compete.
April 25, 2014 – The Center for Energy and Workforce Development (CEWD) and the National Energy Foundation (NEF) co-hosted a booth at the USA Science & Engineering Festival April 26-27 to boost interest in the energy industry and the career pathways that are available with energy companies. Learn More
April 14, 2014 – 30 high school seniors across Southern California Edison’s (SCE) service territory have been named 2014 Edison Scholars, each winning a $40,000 scholarship offered by Edison International, parent company of SCE. Learn More
March 6, 2014 – In recognition of National Engineers Week, February 16-22, United Illuminating’s Engineering and Project Excellence group teamed up with internal and external partners to host a “Lunch & Learn” series that looked at different engineering projects and the benefits they provide. Learn More
November 19, 2013 – President Obama announced a new $100 million competitive grant program designed to better prepare high school students for high-tech careers, including job shadowing, counseling, and training that leads to college credit or an industry credential. Learn More
November 1, 2013 – In Indiana, representatives from NIPSCO and the LaPorte County Career and Technical Education Program announced a new partnership designed to prepare area students for high-demand jobs in the electronics, energy, and utility industries. Learn More
March 29, 2013 – Intriguing results from the 2012 ManpowerGroup Talent Shortage Survey illustrates a gap between workforce skills and energy industry needs. Several initiatives in Northeast Ohio are working to close that gap. Learn More
February 28, 2013 – In recognition of National Engineers Week, United Illuminating Co.’s Engineering and Project Excellence group hosted an Engineers Fair Day and ice cream social on Feb. 28, to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions made by engineers. Learn More
December 25, 2012 – As nearly 40 percent of the employees in the U.S. utility and energy sector approach retirement age, Atlanta-based Southern Co. and other utility companies involved with CEWD are focused on early recruitment to help build a pipeline to careers in the energy industry. Learn More
October 16, 2012 – Avista participated in national Careers in Energy Week by giving high school counselors and teachers first-hand experience in the life of a lineworker apprentice at the Jack Stewart Training Center, Avista’s Pre-Apprentice Line School. See a photo gallery from the event and learn more
October 12, 2012 – Corporate Voices for Working Families has released their report on “A Talent Development Solution: Exploring Business Drivers and Returns in Learn and Earn Partnerships.” Learn More
October 9, 2012 – With Careers and Energy Week approaching on Oct 15-21, UIL highlights the efforts of its companies (UI, SCG, CNG, and Berkshire Gas) and the Connecticut Energy Workforce Development Consortium to create jobs and provide opportunities in the energy industry. Learn More
September 29, 2012 – An education consortium comprised of five Arizona community colleges, formed as the Arizona Sun Corridor Get Into Energy Consortium (ASC-GIEC), received a $13.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop programs and help fulfill the state’s energy industry workforce needs. The grant is part of the recent $500 million federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative intended for the development and expansion of innovative training programs at community colleges and universities nationwide. Learn More
September 19, 2012 – Jane Oates, Assistant Secretary of Employment and Training Administration for the Department of Labor, will keynote National Journal’s summit on “Powering America’s Future By Empowering Workers.” Registration is free for this event on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM (EDT) at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Learn More
August 22, 2012 – Six previously unemployed or underemployed Hartford-area residents have secured full-time jobs after earning the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC), a national credential identified by CEWD as the entry-level standard for the energy industry. Learn More
July 9, 2012 – The Clinton Global Initiative has released the CGI America 2012 Meeting Report, titled “Turning Ideas into Action.” Learn More
May 10, 2012 – ACT, along with a growing coalition of community colleges across the nation, is launching Tomorrow’s Workforce Now, a program that aims to improve America’s workforce by donating evidence-based selection tools to help thousands of employers and tens of thousands of individuals. Learn More
May 4, 2012 – The Department of Energy is hosting a “Tweet-Up” on Thursday, May 10 at 4:00pm EDT. Michelle Fox–the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Chief Strategist for Workforce and Education–will be taking questions and comments via Twitter, Facebook, and e-mail on the topic of “STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math): Investing in the Next Generation.” Learn More
April 13, 2012 – Twenty Greater Hartford-area residents recently graduated from the Connecticut Business and Industry Association’s first-ever Academic Skills Enhancement for Energy-Related Careers training program. The students earned their ACT National Career Readiness Certificate, a national credential identified by CEWD as the entry-level standard for the energy industry. Learn More
March 29, 2012 – The American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) Joint Member Forum (JMF), held on March 20, focused on the range of activities underway aimed at helping the nation meet President Obama’s goal of doubling the credentials of the American workforce by 2020. CEWD educational consultant Valerie Taylor discusses the value of an ANSI-accredited Energy Industry Fundamentals Certificate to the industry. Learn More
March 22, 2012 – From March 18-21, 2012, the second annual Building a Grad Nation Summit took place in Washington, D.C. More than 1,000 education stakeholders from 42 states came together to discuss challenges and solutions to ending America’s high school dropout crisis. Learn More
March 5, 2012 – Joe Ryzewski, co-chair of the Connecticut Energy Workforce Development Consortium, reports the series of events and activities organized by the United Illuminating Company’s Engineering & Project Excellence group to celebrate National Engineers’ Week, which ran February 19-25. Learn More
March 2, 2012 – Four Gulf Power linemen will take part in the introduction of a Florida House of Representatives resolution to honor lineworkers across the state (see photo). The bill will make Aug. 26, 2012 “Lineworker Appreciation Day” in the state of Florida. Learn More
February 27, 2012 – The U.S Department of Labor announces availability of funds and solicitation for grant applications for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grants Program. Please contact Valerie Taylor at valerie@cewd.org for assistance and more information. Learn More
February 2, 2012 – Orientations are being held to determine eligibility into a new Academic Skills Enhancement for Energy-Related Careers training program. The program, which will begin February 27, offers skills enhancement to individuals living in Connecticut’s Hartford and Enfield labor markets and helps prepare participants for careers in the energy industry. Learn More
January 12, 2012 – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration announces the availability of Workforce Innovation Fund grants. Learn More
November 23, 2011 – IEEE Power & Energy Society (PES) is working to attract more students to study for and enter careers in power and energy engineering. Learn More
October 18, 2011 – UIL Holdings Corporation applauds the state of Connecticut’s recognition of Oct. 17-21 as Careers in Energy Week, announced on Oct. 6 by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. Learn More
October 18, 2011 – JobTrain is participating in CEWD’s Careers in Energy Week by launching a job fair on Wednesday, October 19, featuring representatives from the Get Into Energy Career Pathways program and the College of San Mateo’s Electrical Power Systems program. Learn More
October 10, 2011 – IEEE is helping to attract more students to study power and energy engineering with programs such as the IEEE Power & Energy Society Scholarship Plus Initiative, which launched in late 2010 and has just awarded its first scholarships. Learn More
August 5, 2011 – Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce has released a new report that examines what a college degree is worth. The report is entitled The College Payoff: Education, Occupations, Lifetime EarningsSee summaries and the full report
August 5, 2011 – Early childhood education and economic development go hand in hand — NewsOK reports on the alarming shortage of future workers with the math, science, and technology skills to fill the gaps in the skilled energy workforce. Learn More
July 27, 2011 – A recent U.S. Department of Commerce report showed that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs grew at a faster rate than non-STEM jobs over the last decade, and that growth in STEM jobs is projected to grow at a faster rate (17 percent) than growth in non-STEM jobs (9.8 percent) between 2008 and 2018. Programs such as Corporate Voices for Working Families’ Learn and Earn initiative can help strengthen our nation’s workforce to meet that future job growth. Learn More
July 19, 2011 – With input from CEWD, the Corps Network has released a new publication that illustrates how to prepare young people for jobs, postsecondary education, and careers in a growing green economy, titled, A Green Career Pathways Framework: Postsecondary and Employment Success for Low-Income, Disconnected YouthLearn More

July 19, 2011 – CLASP is working with a coalition of other organizations to fight against potential cuts to the maximum Pell Grant, as well as harmful cuts in student eligibility. Help spread the word and take action today:

July 14, 2011 – The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) notes that the electric power industry will have to replace nearly 100,000 skilled workers—more than 25,000 of them in the nuclear industry—by 2015. This is driving industry partnerships with educational institutions and has spurred creation of the Get Into Energy website. Learn More
July 14, 2011 – Educational institutions like Richmond Community College in Hamlet, NC, are teaming up with area utilities to develop degree programs to help train a new generation of workers. Learn More
May 31, 2011 – Ameren Missouri was announced as one of 15 recipients of the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom award is the highest recognition given by the Department of Defense to employers for exceptional support of their employees in the National Guard and Reserve. Learn More
Gulf Power introduces its Solar for Schools program.
Military.com features the “Troops to Energy Jobs” pilot program by Dominion and CEWD.
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL or the Department) announces the availability of up to $122 million in grant funds to be awarded under the Career Pathways Innovation Fund (CPIF) Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA, or Solicitation).
US Labor Department announces Green Jobs Innovation Fund Grant competition to support career training programs through community partnerships.
NAWB provides information on potential cuts to the workforce system – See what you can do to help.
The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration (DOLETA) is now soliciting grant applications for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) for community college and career training programs.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Notice of Solicitation for Grant Applications (SGA)
National Energy Technician Education Summit – Dec. 8-10, Washington, DC
Utilities Seek Fresh Talent for Smart Grids – New York Times, Dec. 29, 2010

Online Career Fair

CEWD/Great Lakes Nuclear Consortium hosted their first Online Career Fair.

Collaboration at Its Best!

Midwest Energy Association is taking the best training pieces from great companies like Duke, ComEd, DTE Energy, Integrys, Ameren, We Energies, Vectren and more and combining them into an all-new “Best of the Best” online and instructor-led electric training program every company and vocational school can use. See the Press Release

PSEG Featured in HR Management Magazine

Check out one of CEWD’s members, PSEG, featured in HR Management Magazine.

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