Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) recently hosted 25 teachers from Baltimore City vocational-technical high schools during its second annual Smart Energy Workforce Development Innovation Day. The teachers spent their professional development day learning about the real-world career opportunities available to their students.
“In order to build a pipeline of qualified, local talent, we are committed to making sure students in Baltimore City are prepared for the many opportunities we have at BGE to build a long and rewarding career,” said David Vosvick, BGE’s vice president of human resources. “By connecting with teachers at our partner schools, we’re innovating to help meet our rapidly-changing needs while also supporting the local community.”
Company leaders will provide an overview of BGE projects, recent innovations and current uses for technology in daily operations. Additional discussion will focus on the company’s Smart Energy Workforce Development program. This program features innovative approaches to improve pass rates of the industry standard Construction and Skilled Trades test and provides multiple opportunities for students to learn how they can prepare for a career in their trade.
Teachers from Baltimore’s Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School (Mervo), Carver Vocational-Technical High School, Edmondson-Westside High School and Green Street Academy attended. Their students study computer aided design, automotive maintenance, pre-engineering, electrical construction and carpentry.
The Smart Energy Workforce Development program was created in April 2015 to develop a qualified, diverse pipeline of applicants from areas in and around Baltimore City for BGE’s Utility Trainee (UT) position. In 2016, BGE:
- Hosted 25 teachers during its first Innovation Day.
- Provided more than 40 organizations with BGE’s CAST Test Preparation Course and train-the-trainer workshops to prepare these organizations’ instructors for leading the course.
- Hosted inaugural class of 13 high school interns from Mervo and Green Street Academy.
- Hosted eight field trips for nearly 150 students.