Support for Education
Through teacher workshops and volunteer employee mentor programs, PPL recognizes the value of educating our youth about safety, electricity, the environment and energy conservation. We’ve reached more than 11,000 children and awarded grants to numerous schools in support of educational programs.
We help educators to gain the knowledge, confidence and resources to address energy and environmental subjects with their students. We also work with students to teach them how to be safe around electrical components and to help them prepare to enter the job market.
- Available curricula
PPL often works hand-in-hand with educators to develop and disseminate curricula about issues important to the company and to educators.
Here is what’s available:
- Electrical safety (grades K to 8) — uses activity guides and lesson plans from noted national vendors to provide educators with a wide range of grade-level-specific electrical safety materials. Visit PPL’s Electrical Safety World website for interactive lessons.
- “Watt do you know about the cost of watts?” (grades 5 to 12) — a fun lesson plan about how to determine the cost of using various electrical appliances.
- Support programs
PPL recognizes the need for family and community involvement to improve education.
- Partners in Education. PPL employees from all levels of the company volunteer in local schools to increase student learning and extend the capacity of teachers, as well as to expand their own awareness of the crisis in education. Through in-classroom tutoring and mentoring, career workshops, preschool development and parenting programs, and partnerships with organizations such as Junior Achievement, Explorer Scouting, Adult Literacy Council and the Hispanic American Organizations, volunteers help students become successful learners. Allentown School District partnerships include the Washington, Cleveland, Central and Lincoln schools.
- Matching aid to colleges and universities. PPL matches employees’ monetary gifts to eligible colleges and universities up to a total of $4,000 annually.
- Merit Scholarships. PPL supports our employees by providing four-year scholarships for their children through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
Pennsylvania education improvement tax credits
PPL has committed more than $1 million through the Pennsylvania Education Improvement Tax Credit Program to help improve K-12 education in Pennsylvania.
Today, with all the energy choices and options facing us, it is more important than ever that students and teachers are accurately informed about energy needs, energy realities, energy alternatives, energy conservation and energy-producing industries. Of critical importance to PPL is reaching educators to provide them with the knowledge, resources and confidence to address critical energy issues.
PPL prides itself on being a conscientious steward of the environment.
Partners in Education
PPL believes that the success of our company is tied to the success of all the towns and cities we serve. Through employee volunteers and community partnerships we can affect positive change in the development and education of our communities.
- Employee Volunteerism
- Partners in Education is the name of our initiative that encourages employees to volunteer in educational communities. Our employees work side-by-side with, and under the guidance of, professional educators to make sure their time is used in the most effective ways.
- PPL Public Media Center
PPL partners with PBS39, a community-owned public television station located in Bethlehem, Pa., to support the role the station plays in educating the communities we serve, developing programming for citizens from childhood to adulthood. We’re excited to partner with PBS39 as they work on core initiatives that include:
- Increasing commitment and capacity to create local productions and documentaries
- Expanding educational programs and the level of involvement with partner school districts
- Beginning new partnerships with organizations focused on education
- Providing digital communication skills for local students
The 29,288-square-foot center was constructed in 2011 on the redeveloped land of the former Bethlehem Steel Corporation. It features a 125-seat television studio where local on-air programs such as “Focus” and “Behind the Guitar” are recorded and live community discussions are held. Find out more at www.wlvt.org.