Careers In Energy Week was October 17-21, 2016 , a celebration of energy careers for students across the state and the nation. Careers in the energy sector are on the rise. The Illinois Department of Employment Security predicts that there will be a growth of more than 50,000 energy-related jobs by 2022.
The Consortium coordinates Careers in Energy Week events in Illinois as part of the nationwide effort by the Center for Energy Workforce Development that developed the celebration to increase public awareness of the many careers in the energy field. During Careers in Energy Week, students are encouraged to learn about how energy companies operate, the types of careers currently available and what may be expected in the future, and the importance of energy companies in the local economy.
Illinois teachers were invited to share how they used any of the energy career materials provided with their class to be entered for a random drawing, three $250 classroom grants were awarded from the The Illinois Energy Workforce Consortium. Teachers across the state provided photos, brief descriptions, and contact information by the deadline of January 27, 2017.
Thank you to all of the Illinois teachers that submitted class grant entries! The Consortium commends you all for your outstanding efforts in integrating Careers in Energy Week 2016 materials in your classroom lessons. View the 2016 winning entries.
Careers in Energy Week 2015 winners each received a $250 classroom grant. View the 2015 winning entries.
Careers in Energy Week 2014 winners each received a $200 classroom grant. View the 2014 winning entries.
Members of the Consortium leading the development of activities in Illinois include representatives from the Energy Learning Exchange, Illinois State University, Nicor Gas, AGL Resources, Ameren Illinois, Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives, ComEd, Exelon Corporation, Exelon Generation, Mt. Carmel Public Utility Company, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, Primera Engineers, Prairie State Generating Company, S&C Electric Company, MidAmerican Energy, Northern Pipeline Company, College of DuPage, Illinois Energy Association, Illinois Municipal Electric Agency, Illinois Green Economy Network, and state government representatives!
The Energy Learning Exchange coordinated speakers at schools for teachers who have requested a specific topic of their choice. Speakers included Steven Smith of Farnsworth Group speaking at Bureau Valley South, Brad Pnazek of Invenergy at Lincoln-Way East High School, Zachary Nelson of Invenergy at Winfield Central School, Kent Truckor of Invenergy at Richard E. Byrd Elementary School, and Annie McKeon from the Illinois Commerce Commission at Genevieve Melody STEM School.
Illinois Energy Workforce Consortium members celebrated Careers in Energy Week 2016:
Nicor Gas hosted a special web page that included descriptions of typical jobs at Nicor Gas along with photos, plus links to educational resources and a place for teachers to request a speaker. Digital ads regarding Careers in Energy Week were run on Facebook, Daily Herald, and Bloomington Pantagraph. A press release was issued to the Illinois media market. In partnership with the energySMART Elementary Education Program, a poster featuring energy career and energy efficiency messaging was distributed to 400 teachers, reaching about 25,000 students. Nicor Gas also participated in the Music of Science and Industry's "Science Works: Cool Jobs, Hot Careers" event, Northern Illinois University's STEM Fest, Joliet Junior College's Career Exploration Fair, Orland Township's Career Awareness Fair, and Prairie State College's Career Preparation Network.
Exelon and ComEd highlighted energy careers on their website and in social media posts. ComEd Human Resources and Training hosted an Open House for students in the line workers program at Dawson Tech during Careers in Energy Week. The students were engaged and inquisitive. Speakers from ComEd included Frank Gonzales, Regional Manager, who provided the welcome and insights from his career progression; Ryan Kenealy who is working in the overhead department, Omar Maldonado who is working in the substation department, and Dawn Berggren talked about Human Resources and the hiring process.
Ameren had a webpage focusing on careers in energy including video interviews highlighting employees and specific career paths within the company. Their social media campaign for Careers in Energy Week included links to that information.
Association of Illinois Electric Cooperatives had a web page dedicated to Careers in Energy Week and shared details on social media.
Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas highlighted energy careers on social media and on their websites.
Click here to view Governor Bruce Rauner's proclamation for the 2016 Careers in Energy Week.
Click the image below for a PDF of a Get Into Energy flyer provided by the Center for Energy Workforce Development. You are welcome to make copies to share with your students.