Apr 08, 2019

Preparing today’s students for the careers of tomorrow

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PPL hosts series of events to inform educators about careers in energy

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Emily Haelsig, a PPL Electric Utilities engineer, discusses her career path with educators from local school districts in Carbon and Lehigh counties.

With students thinking about career options as early as elementary school, PPL places a high priority on engaging educators and helping them explore careers in energy.

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An educator tries on some personal protective equipment as part of a demonstration on safety practices for field workers.

The company is hosting educators for a series of events – Educators in the Workplace – to provide them with information related to careers at PPL, the skills their students should focus on developing, and even the kinds of technology that future workers will be facing.

“Teachers, counselors and school leaders are better prepared to provide relevant career information when they connect with business and community members,” said Kathy Schick, college & career specialist for Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21.

Schick worked with PPL to coordinate the workshops at which teachers toured the lineworker training facility at Walbert, got to try on personal protective equipment, explored a virtual reality substation and learned about PPL’s storm response processes.

Dave Bonenberger, vice president-Transmission and Substations, spoke to the group of 30 educators about leadership skills, constructive culture, teamwork and the importance of training and development.

PPL has hosted two sessions already of local educators from school districts throughout Carbon and Lehigh counties. The next event will be held on Aug. 13.

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Frank Alvarado, Training & Development spec-tech for PPL Electric Utilities, explains the basics of lineworker training to a group of educators.

“On behalf of the teachers, counselors and administrators who attended the Educator in the Workplace event at PPL, thank you so much for the productive learning experience,” said Schick. “The educators came away with a deeper understanding of the opportunities at PPL and an understanding of workplace expectations that they can share with their students.”