For Release: 03/30/2019

Chicago Public Schools students graduate from Peoples Gas Utility Training Program

Little Village Lawndale, Dunbar Vocational Academy, and Chicago Builds students trained to take on entry-level job opportunities in natural gas industry

CHICAGO – On Saturday, five high school students walked across the stage as the second cohort to complete the Peoples Gas Utility Training Program, a three-phased, integrated program that offers high school seniors the training and mentoring needed to compete for entry-level positions in the natural gas industry. The graduation ceremony was hosted at the Peoples Energy Training Center, 4228 W. 35th Place.

Launched in October 2016, the Utility Training Program helps students develop the necessary core competencies and skill sets to be successful as they consider careers with Peoples Gas. The program is in partnership with Chicago Public Schools: Dunbar Vocational Academy, Little Village Lawndale, Fenger Academy and the Chicago Builds Program.

“We are proud to provide a program to help students acquire the skill sets to apply for jobs upon their high school graduation,” said Charlie Graham, director – operations and maintenance, Peoples Gas. “We congratulate the Peoples Gas Utility Training Program class of 2019 and wish them success as they pursue opportunities in the energy industry.”

The graduates received a certificate of completion that states they have the technical knowledge and specialized training to work in the utility industry, particularly in entry-level positions with Peoples Gas.

To complete the program, participants must attend classes and pass the required tests. While completion of the program does not guarantee a job, it ensures the students are well prepared to apply for project worker positions at Peoples Gas.

For more information on the Peoples Gas Utility Training Program, visit our website.

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  • Vanessa Hall


WEC Energy Group