Exelon and Delmarva Power announced a $720,000 contribution to Delaware Technical Community College to develop an energy pathway for high school students and enhance educational opportunities for Delaware Tech Energy students.
The funding, to be contributed over a four-year period, will establish education programs that deliver a pipeline of qualified graduates to meet the energy efficiency workforce demand in Delaware. The contribution was among the commitments Exelon made as part of its merger with Pepco Holdings in March.
Dave Velazquez, president and CEO of Pepco Holdings, said the contribution reflects the commitment of Exelon and Delmarva Power to enhance awareness of energy efficiency and increase use of energy efficient technology throughout Delaware. “Exelon and Pepco Holdings are committed to advancing education and supporting the communities where we live and work. Efforts like the Pathway program are critical to preparing the workforce today for tomorrow’s challenges,” Velazquez added.
Delaware Pathways is a workforce development partnership to create collaboration between K-12 public education, post-secondary education, nonprofit organizations and employers to ensure that the pathway to college and a well-paying job is accessible for every Delawarean.
“The training this program provides is important to Delmarva Power as we continue to look for ways to serve our customers and educate communities about using energy efficiently,” said Gary Stockbridge, president of Delmarva Power and a member of the Delaware Pathways Steering Committee. “This partnership with Delaware Tech can serve as a model for companies throughout the region to get involved and help meet workforce needs in their industries.”