PG&E’s Tony Earley talked about the utility’s workforce development efforts as part of a panel discussion held in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept 5 in conjunction with the Democratic National Convention.
Those efforts include PowerPathway, where PG&E partners with community colleges to train students for careers in the utility industry. Since 2008, PowerPathway has trained and graduated more than 320 students from 13 Bridge to Utility Worker programs.
Earley also spoke on PG&E’s effort to recruit and hire military veterans.
The panel was part of a forum hosted by Business Forward, an organization whose primary focus is bringing together business leaders to advise policymakers on ways to create jobs and accelerate the economic recovery. PG&E is one of the founding corporate members.
Business Forward connects business leaders with policy makers in briefings on specific topics such as clean energy, cyber security, immigration reform, and IP protection.
Rebecca Blank, the acting U.S. Commerce Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Commerce, was part of the panel. Other members included Glen Tullman, CEO of AllScripts; Gregory Cappelli, co-CEO of the Apollo Group; Nathan Hatch, president of Wake Forest University; and Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.
Al Hunt of Bloomberg News was the moderator.
Last week, Melissa Lavinson, PG&E’s vice president of federal affairs, joined a panel discussion on energy policy at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.