Tomorrow's workforce: High school program "lights up" utilities' future
A recent article in Smart Grid News, Youngster to utilities: Hereâ€™s a better way to build a grid, reminds us that the energy industry faces both a graying workforce and a younger future worker who associates energy with climbing poles and flipping switches.
In order to solve one part of the pipeline problem, Northeast Utilities, a large regional utility, partnered with the Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE), a coalition of energy companies and organizations who design and deliver industry-built online education and training, to offer the Light Up Your Future (LUYF) program at the Academy of Engineering and Green Technology, a public high school in Hartford, Connecticut.
One of the programâ€™s graduates is Brian Viloria, who started the program just before his junior year. Brian thought the experience â€œwas going to be really boring, just sitting at a desk doing paper work all day.â€ He wasnâ€™t exactly right about that.