Celebration of Careers in Energy Week October 12-18, 2015

Governor Michael R. Pence has proclaimed Oct. 12-18, 2015 as Careers in Energy Week. Careers in the energy sector are on the rise! Energy is a crucial aspect in virtually every area of daily life, the economy and national security. Careers in energy provide growth potential, job variety and stability and a rewarding feeling of making a difference. This is why the Indiana Energy Consortium (IEC) would like to partner with schools to introduce their students to the many rewarding, stable and well-paying careers in the growing energy sector in Indiana.

As part of the celebration, the IEC is holding a contest inviting Indiana schools to share their exploration of energy careers. Schools can demonstrate how they used any of our energy career materials with their class for a chance to win one of three $250 classroom grants. Materials for the contest can be found on the Center for Energy Workforce Development websites: http://www.cewd.org/  or http://www.cewd.org/educators_index.php . Entries should include a photo and description of how you used these materials with students to Lori Sutton at lsutton@vectren.com.  Use the subject line “Class Grant Entry.” The deadline to submit entries is Dec. 1, 2015.  Winners will be selected and notified on Dec. 11, 2015.

Other activities will be offered at Ivy Tech Community College campuses throughout the state. On Oct 20, the Valparaiso campus located at 3100 Ivy Tech Drive will offer a ribbon cutting at 9:00 am for their new energy lab.   On Oct. 24, the Evansville campus located at 3501 N. First Avenue will offer an open house from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. On Oct. 27, the Lafayette campus will participate in the Alcoa Green Fair located at 3131 E Main Street from 2:30 pm – 7 pm. The events will offer resources, interactive demonstrations and access to utility partners and Ivy Tech colleagues. All events are free and open to the public.

About the Indiana Energy Consortium

The IEC is part of the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD).  CEWD is a non-profit consortium of electric natural gas and nuclear utilities and their associations – Edison Electric Institute, American Gas Association, Nuclear Energy Institute, and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. CEWD was formed to help utilities work together to develop solutions to the coming workforce shortage in the utility industry. It is the first partnership between utilities, their associations, contractors and unions to focus on the need to build a skilled workforce pipeline that will meet future industry needs. Participating organizations include the following: Vectren Corporation, Duke Energy, American Electric Power (AEP), NIPSCO, NiSource, Ivy Tech Community College and WorkOne Southwest.

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