As part of its celebration of Careers in Energy Week, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is holding a contest inviting California high school and college students to share their views on the value and impact of choosing a career in the utility sector. PG&E is sponsoring the contest through the California Energy and Utility Workforce Consortium, a group of eight California utilities committed to raising awareness about career opportunities in the energy field.
“New technology, changing needs and a transitioning workforce have created a demand for bright and energetic minds to carry the energy industry into the future,” said Laura Butler, vice president, Talent Management and Inclusion. ”Our goal is to showcase the incredibly exciting opportunities in energy today, and encourage students to think about this as a field where they can make a difference and help build a better future for California.”
Entrants must create a PowerPoint presentation, an essay, a video or a PDF poster that illustrates why students should pursue careers with energy or utility companies, underscores the value of a diverse workforce that reflects our communities and highlights the importance of a particular field (such as gas transmission or water purification).
Cash awards will be given to category winners in high school ($1,500 first place; $1,000 second place and $500 third place) and college ($2,000 first place; $1,500 second place and $1,000 third place). Students can enter at www.getintoenergyca.com. The entry deadline is Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.
Careers in Energy Week, held every October, is a nationwide effort to increase awareness about energy careers and promote science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. The week provides an opportunity for companies to connect with high schools, community colleges and universities, and helps reinforce the valuable opportunities around STEM curriculum.
The California Energy and Utility Workforce Consortium is comprised of eight California public utilities: PG&E, State of California Department of Water Resources, Southern California Gas Co., Sacramento Municipal Utility District, San Diego Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and Roseville Electric.