Workforce Development

November 20, 2019 – Missy Henriksen was named executive director of the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD). Henriksen will officially start on December 9, 2019. Henriksen succeeds Ann Randazzo, who served as executive director at CEWD for more than 13 years before announcing her retirement in November. Henriksen was selected following a national search for an association executive with strong experience leading workforce development and certification initiatives. She most recently served as vice president of public affairs and workforce development at the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) and as executive director of the NALP Foundation. Learn More
November 17, 2019 – CEWD member Dominion Energy is one of 20 organizations that joined forces to launch SHINE (Solar Hands-On Instructional Network of Excellence), which trains solar installers at Southside Virginia Community College and maximizes local talent to meet the growing demand for clean-energy jobs. The inaugural class recently graduated, and the hands-on training program will link graduates with potential employers in the solar energy field. Learn More
October 10, 2019 – During Careers in Energy Week, Michigan schools and energy companies will open their doors for tours, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and other events. Now in its sixth year, the week is sponsored by the Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium (MEWDC), which includes DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, API, Great Lakes Energy, Michigan Electric and Gas Association (MEGA), Lansing Board of Water & Light, and more than 50 industry, workforce and education partners. Learn More
August 20, 2019 – Duke Energy is awarding over $3.6 million in grants to support 54 innovative workforce development programs across communities in 6 states served by the company. The 2019 Powerful Communities grants, from the Duke Energy Foundation with support from Piedmont Natural Gas, aim to bolster programs serving under-represented, low-income, or diverse audiences, including women and minorities. Learn More
July 23, 2019 – The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded more than $150,000 in grants to four South Carolina organizations to fund strategic initiatives that will help enhance and diversify the energy industry’s workforce of tomorrow. The Florence-Darlington Technical College program will provide students with networking opportunities with current leaders, workshops on how to find the right mentors, and what to expect in the first five years in the engineering workforce. The partnership between Clover School District, York School District One, and York Technical College will make for a unique effort establishing the first high school lineworker certification program in South Carolina. Learn More
July 22, 2019 – Throughout Michigan, employers and educators are offering programs designed to provide students the tools they need to succeed in careers in the Professional Trades. CEWD member DTE Energy has a partnership with Henry Ford College to host the Power and Trades Pathways Program. Line workers are in high demand at CEWD member Consumers Energy, so the Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium has partnered with Lansing and Alpena community colleges to create yearlong training programs. Learn More
May 17, 2019 – CEWD member Exelon’s efforts to hire, retain, and promote employees from a variety of backgrounds and to create an inclusive culture have secured the company three separate honors in 2019: DiversityInc’s list of the Top 50 Companies, Military Times Magazine’s “Best for Vets,” and Forbes’ second annual list of the Best Employers for Diversity. Learn More
May 16, 2019 – Energy sector jobs will be easier to find following Governor Northam’s approval of HB2008 / SB1348 earlier this year. The legislation creates a 17th Energy Career Cluster in the state’s education system, says the Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium. The Virginia Department of Education will align education programs with the energy industry competency and credential models developed by CEWD in partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor. Learn More
May 13, 2019 – CEWD member National Grid has been ranked as one of the top utilities for diversity and inclusion by DiversityInc. Dean Seavers, president of National Grid, said, “We have always been committed to developing a diverse and inclusive workforce that reflects the communities we serve.” Keith Hutchison, National Grid’s chief diversity officer, added, “Our efforts to develop active and meaningful employee resource groups have made us a better organization and employer.” Learn More
April 17, 2019 – CEWD member NextEra Energy, Inc. has been recognized as one of Forbes’ America’s Best Employers for the fourth consecutive year. Highlights of NextEra Energy’s efforts to maintain a great place to work include: industry leadership in energy infrastructure, innovation, health and well-being, learning and development, diversity and inclusion, and community involvement. Learn More
March 7, 2019 – Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (OH), Chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, held a public Subcommittee hearing on energy and nuclear security workforce development challenges and opportunities. The purpose of the hearing was to identify workforce development opportunities and challenges with a focus on growing and retaining our nation’s energy and nuclear security workforce. Learn More
January 8, 2019 – As long-tenured company mechanics and lineworkers leave the energy industry, both the availability of qualified and willing candidates and budget-conscious utilities have upped the percentage of contract resources to offset the reductions. In fact, many utilities are now calling on contractors to share (or lead) the day-to-day work that has gone predominantly to native crews. Learn More
January 1, 2019 – The Gloucester County Freeholders, county Workforce Development Board, and Rowan College at Gloucester County have teamed with Atlantic City Electric on a “Quick Path to Energy” program designed to address the energy and utilities industry’s immediate need for skilled workers, introducing and preparing residents to transition directly into the industry. Learn More
November 15, 2018 – North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) celebrated the 95th anniversary of its Electrical Technology program. Spawned by the need to electrify the upper Midwest, the program trained lineworkers, meter technicians, as well as electricians. Read more about the program and the celebration in NDSCS 95-Year Electrical Celebration and Wired for Success.
November 14, 2018 – Atlantic County is looking for residents interested in a career change or a potential new career to participate in a free education and training program for energy jobs. The information and recruitment sessions are part of the Atlantic County Workforce Development Board’s partnership with Atlantic City Electric for the company’s six-year, $6.5 million jobs training program. Learn More
October 22, 2018 – Parents and students were able to explore career opportunities at Hartland High School on Thursday during an Energy Program Open House. Consumers Energy natural gas field employees shared their professional experience and were there to guide hands-on demonstrations of plastic pipe fusing for students. Students also learned how they can get involved in the Energy Industry Fundamental (EIF) curriculum so they are prepared to take different positions. Learn More
October 15, 2018 – Atlantic City Electric announced Friday it has joined four South Jersey workforce development boards and three vocational schools to launch a six-year, $6.5 million program to educate New Jersey’s future energy workforce. The initiative includes the Get Into Energy Math and Boot Camp, Women in Sustainable Employment Pathway, Atlantic City Electric Line School, and High School Energy Career Academy. Learn More
September 27, 2018 – Dunbar Vocational Career Academy High School in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood is partnering with ComEd to launch an energy academy that will make the science of energy a key part of the students’ four-year learning experience and offer paid apprenticeships to prepare them for job opportunities and further education. The “Get Into Energy” curriculum created by the Center for Energy Workforce Development provides the foundation for the program. Learn More
September 24, 2018 – Apprenticeships are an economical and sustainable option for businesses looking to attract and retain talent. Consumers Energy partners with Michigan Works! Southeast, Center for Energy Workforce Development, Troops to Energy Jobs, and Lansing and Alpena community colleges to implement its School-to-Work program. Learn More
September 19 (original May 15), 2018 – CEWD Education and NEEN member Mitchell Technical Institute in South Dakota was named one of the top 10 finalists for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. Mitchell Tech has an impressive alignment with regional workforce needs: It consults federal and state Department of Labor wage data and garners support from regional industry representatives to secure jobs for its graduates before they leave campus. Learn More
August 6, 2018 – The White House recently announced an effort to promote high-tech worker retraining for the workplaces of the future. CEWD is listed as an example of companies and industries that are already addressing industry-specific workforce shortages, skills gaps, and training. Learn More
August 3, 2018 – In recent years, there has been increased interest in renewable energy, which focuses on making the process more efficient and minimizing its effect on the environment. It’s a big responsibility, and doing it well requires all kinds of people with different skills and talents. Meet three Dominion Energy employees who are doing very different jobs to bring power safely to our communities. Learn More
July 31, 2018 – CEWD Executive Director Ann Randazzo appeared on Harvard Business School’s “Managing the Future of Work” Podcast series. She talks to professors Bill Kerr and Joe Fuller about how CEWD brought utilities together to solve the industry-wide workforce shortage and skills gaps. Learn More
July 30, 2018 – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has earned 100 percent-the highest score possible-on the 2018 Disability Equality Index (DEI) and was named one of the “2018 Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.” This is the fourth consecutive year that PG&E has received a 100 percent score on the index. PG&E was recognized by the DEI for prioritizing the inclusion of peoples with disabilities, and was one of only five American energy companies that received a 100 percent score. Learn More
July 11, 2018 – PPL supports employees with disabilities and their families in a number of ways. For its commitment to promoting inclusion, success, and understanding of people with disabilities in the workplace, PPL received a high score of 90 percent on the 2018 Disability Equality Index (DEI), making it one of the 2018 Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion. Learn More
July 1, 2018 – Baby boomers are retiring, unemployment is low, skilled craft workers are in short supply, and human resources in the workforce are a growing issue for power industry management. Read about the trends and obstacles facing the power industry workforce today. Learn More
June 6, 2018 – The Edison Electric Institute’s board of directors endorsed the EEI Diversity and Inclusion Commitment during its annual meeting. Member utilities agreed to develop three-year diversity and inclusion plans that will impact workforce hiring and workplace environments. The institute will create a diversity and inclusion online resource center showing best practices, projects, and strategies. Learn More
May 10, 2018 – CEWD member company NextEra Energy, Inc. has been recognized with the Visionary Award for Innovation in Shared Value from the WomenCorporateDirectors Foundation. Learn More
April 3, 2018 – FPL produced a video called “Innovation and Affordability.” The video shows how the company is always looking for new ways to bring customers affordable energy. FPL is implementing an overall strategy to talk about innovation. Learn More
March 30, 2018 – For over 50 years, the employees and users of Fermilab have worked together to study the science of particle physics–and to engage in education and outreach activities that inspire and train the next generation. Fermilab’s outreach programs reach 100,000 people in person every year and millions more online. Learn More
February 22, 2018 – Each year thousands of energy managers, VPs of operations, and facility team professionals come to the Northeast for the annual GLOBALCON conference and trade show to network with their peers, share best practices, and learn about the latest industry developments. Learn More
February 12, 2018 – The annual DistribuTECH Conference is seen as a bellwether for helping global utilities and power companies to identify, define, and often influence the major technologies and trends in the industry. This year, industry thought leaders covered a wide variety of relevant and timely topics. Learn More
February 11, 2018 – Hiring initiatives that look beyond unfair stereotypes are leading to the growing acceptance of autism in the workplace. Last April, 50 big-name companies came together for a summit on how to bring more autistic adults into the workforce. Learn More
February 8, 2018 – Dominion Energy and the Library of Virginia commemorated the leadership and achievements of seven outstanding African-Americans during the sixth annual “Strong Men & Women in Virginia History” awards program. Learn More
February 6, 2018 – Youngsters and their families are invited to take part in Black History Month by creating an art project for display in a special exhibit and then visiting the New York Power Authority’s Power Vista on February 24 for a day of free activities. The NYPA veterans employee resource group and the civil rights and inclusion office will host a table to talk about diversity initiatives and highlight African American pioneers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Learn More
September 11, 2017 – When more than 7.4 million homes and businesses are without power after a hurricane, utility workers tend to get noticed a bit more than usual. Major utilities in the state–including Florida Power & Light Co, Duke Energy Corp., and Tampa Electric–have mobilized tens of thousands of workers to deal with the enormous power outages from Hurricane Irma. Learn More
July 23, 2017 – Last year, Jefferson Community College partnered with Fort Drum, the Midwest Energy Association, the Center for Energy Workforce Development, National Grid, and Con­Edison to begin its Gas Utility Bootcamp, a certification program for ex-soldiers to become gas mechanics following military service. Learn More
July 10, 2017 – America’s lineworkers maintain the energy grid and work day and night in all conditions to ensure that customers receive reliable and safe access to the energy they need to power their lives. National Lineworker Appreciation Day is celebrated each year on July 10, and also honors the life and work of Henry Miller, the first president of IBEW. Learn More
July 10, 2017 – More than 74,000 lineworkers are on the front lines of delivering this energy to customers every day. That is why the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Edison Electric Institute celebrate Lineworker Appreciation Day on July 10. Lineworker Appreciation Day is an opportunity to recognize lineworkers across the country for their skill and dedication. Learn More
May 31, 2017 – The electric power industry has been a leader in creating a diverse workforce for decades, but big changes are occurring in how the industry conceives this mission, executes it, and converts it to business success. Electric companies—particularly members of the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD)—increasingly are creating overarching strategies to better inject the benefits of a diverse workforce into everyday corporate culture and business operations. Learn More
May 19, 2017 – As we recognize Infrastructure Week in Washington and in the states, America’s electric companies, organized labor, and policymakers join together to encourage continued investments in a smarter energy infrastructure and the workforce that supports it. Together, we are advocating for long-term solutions to address the ongoing need for a skilled, diverse workforce now and in the future. Learn More
May 16, 2017 – As the utility industry struggles to replace aging workers, Potomac Edison is adding 18 new positions that will serve as line workers or substation electricians. The 11 line workers are members of the first graduating class of Potomac Edison’s Power Systems Institute. Learn More
April 27, 2017 – U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich introduced legislation that will better position the nation’s workforce for good-paying clean energy jobs. The Energy Workforce for the 21st Century Act would ensure that states can better prepare students and workers for the energy jobs of the future. Learn More
March 28, 2017 – Students from the Pirates of the Grand Island FIRST FTC robotics team will participate in the FIRST Tech Challenge North Super-Regional robotics tournament March 29 through April 1. The FIRST Tech Challenge North Super-Regional competition is sponsored by Rockwell Collins and the Center for Energy Workforce Development: Get Into Energy. Learn More

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