Oct. 19, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) joined San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) and Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to celebrate Careers in Energy Week (
) by announcing an essay contest for high school students and an innovation idea challenge for community college and university students. Winners will receive up to
The theme of the contests is how an education in science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) can power the future workforce of the energy industry. This is
California's first Careers in Energy Week
, supported by Gov.
as part of a nationwide effort to increase student and public awareness about technical education and job opportunities in the energy and utility industry.
"Sustaining a future of affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible energy requires creativity, drive and new ways of thinking," said
, senior vice president of human resources for PG&E. "Through initiatives like Careers in Energy Week, PG&E is encouraging students and budding innovators to get connected with the new energy workforce."
The Center for Energy Workforce Development has spearheaded the Careers in Energy Week initiative across the country.
is the 14th state to sign on, propelled by the California Energy and Utility Workforce Consortium, which includes representatives from education, industry and workforce system.
The three participating
utilities kicked off the week with student outreach to approximately two dozen educational institutions, including high schools, community colleges and universities. The outreach reinforced STEM technical training programs, career pathways in the utility and energy industries and programs through local nonprofits and educational institutions.
The outreach also promoted the two contests. For the essay contest, three high school winners will be selected, each earning a
cash prize. In the innovation idea contest, three teams of community college or university students (up to four people per team) will earn cash prizes of
Each participating school will select up to 10 entries to be submitted in each competition. The deadline for entries in both is
Friday, November 16
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in
the United States
. Based in
, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and
. For more information, visit
SOURCE Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)