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Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium

The energy industry is in the midst of a significant transformation with the implementation of game changing technologies, new build and a growing infrastructure, grid modernization, regulation and policy changes, and more. In Virginia, we have a diverse energy mix including solar, wind, coal, natural gas, and nuclear resources, and an energy strategy that supports economic development and job growth. In addition to the industry game changers and our energy strategy, the industry employs an aging workforce and a high number of workers who could retire and leave at any time. Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium members, partners, and alliances work together to build and strengthen collaborative efforts to significantly impact career awareness, education pathways, and approach tomorrow’s workforce needs.

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Blueprint Virginia 2025: A Business Plan For the Commonwealth - Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Blueprint Virginia is a comprehensive initiative that provides business leadership, direction, and long-range economic planning for Virginia.  Energy is an important resource for Virginia’s business community and its citizens.  Virginia must build a diverse portfolio of energy resources to remain competitive.  The Virginia Chamber of Commerce recognizes and supports the efforts of the VEWC including our efforts in the Blueprint Virginia 2015 and providing a seat on the Chamber’s Energy Industry Council. To view Blueprint Virginia 2025, click here.

Bridging Communities Career & Technical Education Center Adds Energy Industry Fundamentals Course
Bridging Communities Career & Technical Center and Governor’s STEM Academy is located in New Kent, Virginia. They serve Charles City, Middlesex, King & Queen, King William, and New Kent counties, as well as the town of West Point.  Bridging Communities recently took their first steps toward careers in the energy industry when they completed the Energy Industry Fundamentals (EIF) Certificate program, developed by the Center for Energy Workforce Development, as part of their pre-engineering program.  Bridging Communities is one of seven high schools in Virginia currently offering the EIF Certificate program.  Click here to learn more about Bridging Communities experience helping high school students learn about careers in the Energy industry.

Careers in Energy Week
October 15-19 was Careers in Energy Week! CEWD and its members created Careers in Energy Week to increase public awareness about energy careers through a concerted nationwide effort. Members of the Virginia Energy Workforce Consortium (VEWC) had a number of activities for Careers in Energy Week 2018. Activities and events included, but were not limited to the following.

  • The Governor of Virginia signed a proclamation for Careers in Energy Week. (Signed Proclamation)
  • One employer hosted its annual PGA Charity Classic golf tournament during Careers in Energy Week. Proceeds from this tournament go to military and veteran organizations. The Troops to Energy Jobs program and Virginia’s Energy educational and career pathways were promoted.
  • One employer sponsored a two-day “Power The Future Design-A-Thon” at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Engineering. This is a unique 36-hour challenge where college students from all disciplines put their talents to the test to bring ideas to life. There is a focus on developers, programmers, engineers, creatives, marketers, analysts, and business development. A $4,000 cash prize was awarded to the top team and there were additional prizes for second and third place teams.
  • The Richmond, VA Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual “Mission Tomorrow” event, a career exploration event for thousands of 8th graders. Dominion Energy was the presenting sponsor and had large displays including a large bucket truck, hot truck / “live wire” display, IT, innovation, and a number of other displays to help bring our careers to life for the 8th graders.
  • Several high schools offering the Energy & Power course (Energy Industry Fundamentals) conducted demonstrations led by the Energy students. The schools’ industry partners provided speakers, presentations, and “live wire” demonstrations for the classes.
  • Employers participated in career fairs hosted by a number of our universities and community colleges highlighting our Energy industry internships and career opportunities.
  • Southside Virginia Community College partnered with employers to promote their Power Line Worker Training Program and other Energy programs to high school CTE programs across the state.
  • Central Virginia Community College has received grants from the Office of the Governor of Virginia allowing them to receive and begin constructing a solar panel to operate their new “Farm Bot,” which will be completely sustainable. Construction on the “Farm Bot” began during Careers in Energy Week.
  • Employers engaged their Employee Resource Groups and internal diversity organizations to support the activities planned for Careers in Energy Week.
  • Several employers engaged their internal employees to participate in an “I Got Into Energy” communications plan including internal articles, surveys for employees to share their favorite aspects of working in the Energy industry, and social media campaigns to help create awareness about careers in the Energy industry, how our employees got into Energy, and why they work in Energy.
Energy Workforce and Education Pathways Conference

Thanks to all who attended the Energy Workforce and Education Pathways Conference!

 Take a look at pictures from the event here.