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Empowering the Future

Delmarva Power employees recently participated in the Junior Achievement of Delaware Job Shadow Program, inviting 46 high school students to our Newark, Delaware facility where students learned about energy industry careers.

Students from Odessa High School, Smyrna High School and William Penn High School received hands-on mentoring from Delmarva Power employees. Students observed safety demonstrations performed by our crews on Delmarva Power’s safety trailer and listened to presentations on innovative projects taking place in our region including battery storage initiatives, the microgrid and electric vehicles. Students were also introduced to the latest technologies used by Delmarva Power, including drone use in the industry.

Students took part in discussions about ethical decisions in the workplace and received information on our Workforce Development programs, which provides them with opportunities to further their knowledge in the field.

Students described the day as educational, eye-opening and thought-provoking and said the experience broadened their career interests by showcasing available options to pursue.

Junior Achievement, founded in 1919, has a mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed and nationally, reaches more than 4.8 million students per year in 209,651 classrooms and after-school locations.

“Junior Achievement’s mission is critical to developing the next generation, which is why I am so deeply involved and invested in this organization. In order to mold the next generation, we need people in the community to step up to deliver life lessons and to share experiences,” said Glenn Moore, Delmarva Power region vice president. “That is why I am eager to take part in opportunities like these to help build a foundation early for students to prepare for their future. I take pride in our commitment to workforce development and look forward to continuing to build a sturdy, clear path for students, wherever their aspirations may lead them.”

The day ended with giveaways and a photo-op with one of our electric vehicles, but most importantly left students with a new-found interest in what a career in energy means for them. Students left feeling empowered- knowing they have the tools needed to make their own career decisions and foster their own economic success.