For Release: 10/31/2018
Peoples Gas welcomes Chicago Public Schools students for Utility Training Program kickoff
Over 20 students from Little Village Lawndale High School begin first phase of program preparing them for STEM careers in the natural gas industry
CHICAGO – Today, Peoples Gas welcomed students from Little Village Lawndale High School at its Peoples Energy Training Center located at 4228 W. 35th Place, to officially kick off the third cohort of the Peoples Gas Utility Training Program.
“This vocational partnership with Chicago Public Schools helps us build and train the workforce of the future as we prepare for a large portion of our employees to retire and a new generation of workers to begin their careers,” said Lori Flores Rolfson, vice president – operations and maintenance, Peoples Gas. “We are honored to help prepare these students to compete for entry-level energy careers in STEM, and are proud that three graduates from the program’s first cohort now work at Peoples Gas.”
Launched by Peoples Gas during the 2016-17 academic year, each year the Utility Training program aims to equip nearly 100 high school juniors and seniors with the core competencies and skills necessary to prepare for careers in energy, particularly with Peoples Gas. In addition to Little Village Lawndale High School, students from Chicago Public Schools’ Chicago Builds program and Fenger Academy high school students will participate in the program.
The Utility Training Program consists of three phases: explore, experience and apply. Today’s kickoff marks the beginning of the explore phase, designed as an introduction to the science behind natural gas and careers in the utility industry, including safety protocols and technical training. The explore phase also exposes students to skills such as resume writing and interviewing.
Students who successfully complete the explore phase are eligible to apply to the experience phase, a six-week paid summer internship held at the Peoples Energy Training Center.
The final phase of the program, apply, focuses on preparing students for entry-level jobs by providing hands-on job training. Those who graduate from the program receive a certificate of completion certifying they have the technical knowledge and specialized training to apply for entry-level in the utility industry, including positions at Peoples Gas.
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