This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

PG&E Announces New Veterans-Only Job-Training Courses

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced that it will offer two new training courses for recently discharged veterans next year that will provide a career path into the energy industry through the utility's PowerPathway™ program.

PG&E is offering the veterans-only energy training courses at American River College in Sacramento, part of the company's commitment to helping recently discharged veterans find work and to growing a pipeline of skilled utility workers. PG&E expects more than 40 percent of its workforce will be retirement-eligible within the next five years and believes veterans can be high-potential candidates for these positions.

As a former officer in the U.S. Navy, PG&E Chairman, CEO and President Tony Earley is committed to creating career paths for veterans. "Unemployment rates are as high as 29 percent for young veterans – about 65 percent above those for other Americans in the same age group," Earley said. "PG&E has the opportunity to match our workforce needs with the great technical skills and leadership ability that veterans offer."

In addition to veterans-only courses, PowerPathway partners with community colleges, universities and community-based training organizations throughout Northern and Central California to offer other industry-related courses that are open to all qualified candidates.

As part of its commitment to the White House's Joining Forces initiative, PG&E has set a goal for PowerPathway to provide career and technical training to approximately 250 California residents, including 100 veterans, and place about two-thirds of those into energy and utility industry jobs through 2013.

"Taking care of our veterans is a sacred duty that we must never turn from," said Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D- Sacramento). "As these brave men and women transition to civilian life, both the public and private sector must ensure our veterans have the support they need, and that includes educational and job opportunities. The energy training course being offered by PG&E will help our veterans find good paying jobs and will provide an ever-growing job sector with a highly skilled workforce."

The PowerPathway Bridge to Utility Worker for Veterans course offers 240 hours of training designed to strengthen participants' candidacy for employment and increase their knowledge of the energy and utility industries, including pre-employment test preparation and soft skills development. The course will begin in January 2013.

The PowerPathway Welding for Veterans course provides fundamental training on the pipe-welding techniques and safety procedures unique to the utilities industry. The course will begin in May 2013. Both veterans-only programs are being funded through a California Employment Development Department grant to the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency, one of several PG&E workforce development partners.  

PG&E has already successfully completed six veterans-only Bridge to Utility Worker courses. Through 2011, nearly 150 former military personnel have been trained through the Bridge to Pre-Apprentice/Utility Worker and Bridge to Utility Equipment Mechanic programs at Fresno City College, City College of San Francisco and American River College in Sacramento. Approximately 72 percent of those trained have been hired by PG&E and other companies in the energy industry.

A schedule of PowerPathway programs that will be open to new enrollment in 2013—at nine community colleges, universities and community-based training organizations throughout Northern and Central California—can be viewed at www.pge.com/powerpathway.  

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 San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and www.pgecurrents.com.

SOURCE Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

Copyright 2011 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Try it NOW
Only $9.95
Try it NOW
14-Days Free
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG

Markets

DOW 17,692.18 +13.95 0.08%
S&P 500 2,058.74 +2.59 0.13%
NASDAQ 4,879.3660 +16.0040 0.33%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs