Governor Bruce Rauner proclaimed October 17-21, 2016, as Careers in Energy Week in Illinois! View the official proclamation!
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! During Careers in Energy week, the Illinois Energy Workforce Consortium (IEWC) is providing free materials and an opportunity to win one of three $250 classroom grants to help you share these exciting career opportunities with your students!
Illinois teachers were invited to share how they utilized any of the energy career materials provided (see links below) with their classes during Careers in Energy Week, October 17-21, 2016, to be entered in a random drawing. Teachers from across the state provided photos, brief descriptions, and contact information in January. Three $250 classroom grants were awarded!
Careers in Energy Week 2016 Winners:
Thank you to all of the Illinois teachers that submitted class grant entries regarding Careers in Energy Week! 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.
- Brandon Smith, Payson CUSD #1
- Edward Fialek, Byrd School
- Andrea Murillo, Sacred Heart School
Download materials at the links provided below:
Energy Learning Exchange’s Classroom Resources
Free energy educational materials and energy careers data.
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.
Energy Learning Exchange coordinated industry and organization speakers for teachers that requested a specific topic of their choice to be discussed in their classrooms during Careers in Energy Week. 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. Classroom resources are also featured on the website for teachers to utilize throughout the year.
Careers in Energy Week 2015 Winners:
Thank you to the Illinois teachers that submitted class grant entries after last year’s Careers in Energy Week! The Consortium commends you all for your outstanding efforts in integrating Careers in Energy Week 2015 materials in your classroom lessons.
Three winners (photos below) each received a $250 classroom grant from the Illinois Energy Workforce Consortium. The winners were selected at random in a drawing by the Consortium. View the 2015 winning entries.
Careers in Energy Week 2014 Winners:
Careers in Energy Week 2014 winning teachers are below. View the 2014 winning entries.