Quinn proclaims Careers in Energy week in Illinois

Linemen and flag IMG_0912Governor Pat Quinn proclaimed Careers in Energy week in Illinois, Oct. 14-20, 2013. As part of the Center for Energy Workforce Development’s (CEWD) nationwide effort to increase public ­awareness of the many careers in the energy field, the Illinois Energy Workforce Consortium worked to coordinate ­awareness ­activities with schools, ­colleges, universities, ­companies, and organizations across the state.

Jim Monk, President of the Illinois Energy Association said, “Energy ­generates commerce and fuels economic growth, and more workers will be needed to replace retiring workers in the future to maintain a skilled workforce.”

Through a partnership the CEWD developed with the National Energy Foundation, lesson plans and posters were provided to middle and high school teachers to help educate students on energy essentials, including sources of energy and how energy is ­generated. Teachers can download classroom ­materials, view videos about careers in energy by going to www.energy.illinois
state.edu/careers/. Additional ­materials can also be found on the www.CEWD.org/curriculum/ website. Other links to energy jobs include:

• The Electrical Distribution Lineman Associate in Applied Science Degree at Lincoln Land Community College http://www.llcc.edu/bstc/Electronics/ElectricalDistributionlinemanAAS

• Troops to Energy Jobs website at www.troopstoenergyjobs.com

• The Get Into Energy Website at www.getintoenergy.com