A partnership between Delaware Tech, Exelon and Delmarva Power to provide energy education pathways for high school students and enhance educational opportunities for Delaware Tech energy students was announced this week.
Exelon and Delmarva Power announced a $720,000 contribution to Delaware Technical Community College to develop an energy pathway for high school students and enhance educational opportunities for Delaware Tech Energy students. The funding, to be contributed over a four-year period, will establish education programs that deliver a pipeline of qualified graduates to meet the energy efficiency workforce demand in Delaware. The contribution, which was among the commitments Exelon made as part of its merger with Pepco Holdings in March, was announced at the Partnerships for Pathways event held Monday.
Dave Velazquez, president and CEO of Pepco Holdings, said the contribution reflects the commitment of Exelon and Delmarva Power to enhance awareness of energy efficiency and increase use of energy efficient technology throughout Delaware. “Exelon and Pepco Holdings are committed to advancing education and supporting the communities where we live and work. Efforts like the Pathway program are critical to preparing the workforce today for tomorrow’s challenges,” Velazquez added.
Delaware Pathways is a workforce development partnership to create collaboration between K-12 public education, post-secondary education, nonprofit organizations and employers to ensure that the pathway to college and a well-paying job is accessible for every Delawarean.
“The training this program provides is important to Delmarva Power as we continue to look for ways to serve our customers and educate communities about using energy efficiently,” said Gary Stockbridge, president of Delmarva Power and a member of the Delaware Pathways Steering Committee. “This partnership with Delaware Tech can serve as a model for companies throughout the region to get involved and help meet workforce needs in their industries.”
At the event, Stockbridge moderated a panel discussion among the state’s energy employers, which included topics such as job growth in the energy field, the role of state policymakers and the importance of providing energy education programs that include work-based learning opportunities.
The event also featured Gov. Jack Markell as the guest speaker, who recently signed Executive Order 61 to establish the Delaware Pathways Steering Committee. The Committee is charged with establishing strategic directions for the Delaware Pathways initiative, providing recommendations for future development and growth of the program and ensuring that offerings are properly aligned with current and expected employer demand within the state.
Dr. Mark T. Brainard, president of Delaware Tech and chair of the Delaware Pathways Steering Committee, stated, “I want to thank Delmarva Power and Exelon for their commitment to helping us prepare highly-qualified graduates for exciting high-tech careers. We encourage other Delaware employers from the energy sector to join us by offering high school students work-based learning opportunities. Together, we can create a pipeline of highly-trained graduates who have the skills they need for their businesses to thrive.”
Photo caption: The event featured a panel discussion with (from left to right) Brian Asher, BJ Vanover, Tony DePrima, David Small, Gary Stockbridge, Dallas Winslow, Paul Morris, John Sykes and Wayne Hudders.
Brian Asher, Vice President, Energy Services, Jaykal
BJ Vanover, Graduate, Delaware Tech Energy Management Program
Tony DePrima, Executive Director, Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility
David Small, Secretary, Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Gary Stockbridge, President, Delmarva Power Region – Moderator
Dallas Winslow, Chair, Delaware Public Service Commission
Paul Morris, Assistant Vice President for Workforce Development and Community Education, Delaware Technical Community College
John Sykes, President, Delaware Interfaith Power & Light
Wayne Hudders, Manager, Demand Response and Energy Efficiency, Exelon Energy