For Release: 04/06/2018
Peoples Gas partners with Legacy Nexus Foundation to host 2nd annual Chicago Youth Energy Technology Conference
Over 100 Chicago Public School juniors and seniors attend conference
CHICAGO – Peoples Gas partnered with Legacy Nexus Foundation to host the second annual Chicago Youth Energy Technology Conference: Awareness and Access Campaign 2018 on Friday, April 6. The event was held at the new Peoples Energy Training Center at 4228 W. 35th Place in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood.
Over 100 11th- and 12th-grade students from John Marshall Metropolitan High School, Chicago Vocational Career Academy, Dunbar Vocational Career Academy and Olive-Harvey Middle College were in attendance. The students were selected by STEM educators and administrators based on their strong aptitudes and focus in science, technology, engineering and math curricula.
“We often hear that sometimes you don’t know what you don’t know. That’s the case for many of the youth in our underserved communities across Chicagoland. This conference is intended to help bring awareness to the vast and life-changing careers that the energy and technology sectors can bring to those in these communities,” said Charles Wilson, chairman, Legacy Nexus Foundation. “In addition, this will bring access through relationship building and workforce development and training, which will prepare them to be able to compete for these rewarding opportunities. This is a national effort that was birthed here in Chicago just last year.”
The conference served as a platform for students to learn how to access energy and technology sector educational and career opportunities, while employees from various energy companies established relationships with the future labor pool that will be entering the workforce in the next five years.
“A well-trained workforce that is prepared to face the challenges and opportunities in our industry is necessary as we train and build for the future,” said Torrence Hinton, director – operations and maintenance, Peoples Gas. “We are honored to mentor students who will make up the workforce of the next generation and to serve as a steppingstone to launch their careers.”
The program kicked off with a keynote address from Hinton, followed by two workshops. The first introduced students to equipment used to perform various energy and tech-related jobs. The second workshop consisted of a discussion regarding techniques to overcome barriers for career opportunities.
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