New energy reform law expected to increases awareness of utility careers

Jackson, MI, Oct. 22, 2008 — A major new energy reform law is enhancing Consumers Energy’s efforts to help young people become aware of career opportunities in the utility field. The new law will allow Consumers Energy to fully implement its “Growing Forward” strategy, which calls for investing $6.4 billion in Michigan over the next five years, including investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, environmental and customer service enhancements, and new power generation.

With significant workforce transition expected in the next decade, Consumers Energy is alerting students in college and high school to career opportunities, as well as raising energy awareness with middle and elementary school students.

“We know that in order to have a ‘ready-to-go’ workforce in the future we must begin that awareness and recruitment process today,” said Paulette Boggs, director of staffing and diversity. “October is Energy Awareness Month and this provides an ideal time to alert young people to good career opportunities in the utility field, particularly in engineering, information technology, business, accounting and finance.”

This month Consumers Energy recruiters are visiting Michigan colleges and universities including Kettering University, Lawrence Technological University, Michigan State University, Wayne State University, Western Michigan University, Delta College, Jackson Community College and Lansing Community College. Utility employees are increasing student awareness through energy efficiency and career opportunity presentations at middle schools and high schools throughout Michigan.

Consumers Energy employees are also presenting the award-winning Hazard Hamlet and Respect the Flags presentations to elementary students. Those presentations teach lessons about being safe around electricity and natural gas.

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