HINKLEY – More than 65 young people toured a solar plant and learned about jobs at PG&E recently, part of a greater effort to expose them to careers in the energy industry.
The sixth- through eighth-grade students are enrolled in a free summer youth program provided by Barstow Community College’s Career Technical Education program. PG&E partnered with the program for a renewable energy day field trip that was designed to both inspire and provide an understanding of the educational requirements for careers in the energy and utility fields.
PG&E’s Jose Moreno-Jimenez, community relations manager, said working with the local students is just one way to help them prepare for future success.
“We want to provide continued support to students attending Lenwood Elementary School and the surrounding area with this great summer program,” said Moreno-Jimenez.
The day included a field trip to a Barstow-area solar plant built Luz International. The students also spent time with Moreno-Jimenez who provided a PowerPoint presentation and discussed career opportunities at PG&E. He also stressed that doing well in math and science could improve their chances for employment. The PG&E presentation was held at the Hinkley Senior Center and included lunch prepared by the center’s staff and sponsored by the utility.
Older teen-agers participating in a three-month, PG&E-sponsored workforce development program also shared their own experiences of how the career technical education program has helped them, not just with job skills but with key life skills. They said the program has taught them to become more responsible and take initiative.
“This was very useful information for the young students in our Careers Technical Education Summer program,” said Sandi Thomas, director of the program. “We want to thank PG&E for educating the younger generation for future career exploration and providing job experience for our young people.”