For Immediate Release
BALTIMORE (July 3, 2019) – This week, BGE welcomes the fourth class of Smart Energy interns. More than 40 students from Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School (Mervo), Green Street Academy, Edmonson-Westside Vocational Technical High School, Carver Vocational Technical High School, the THREAD program, and Baltimore Polytechnic Institute's Pay It Forward program will be spending the next five weeks at different BGE locations to gain experience in their chosen vocational tracks.
"We have already benefited from the success of this program, with 10 previous participants earning full time jobs at BGE after graduation," said Robert Matthews, BGE's director of talent. "Over the past four years, we've seen Smart Energy Interns exhibit a willingness to learn and a commitment to contribute to our success. BGE is committed to Baltimore, and this internship program is one way we work to strengthen our community. The Smart Energy Workforce Development Program helps us identify and nurture industrious students along with exposing them to a variety of skilled and technical career opportunities available in the Baltimore area."
The program kicked off with professional readiness and team building exercises and training to help prepare the students for a successful internship. As the program progresses, students will work with departments that allow them to use the skills they have learned in computer aided design, automotive technology, pre-engineering or construction.
Students then complete their internship with preparation classes on the Construction and Skilled Trades (CAST) test, a utility industry standard, which the interns may then take. If they pass, they are eligible to apply for an entry-level position once they graduate high school.
BGE is providing chartered transportation for the students working at BGE's Woodlawn locations and bus passes to students working in Baltimore City. Eliminating transportation concerns increases program accessibility and positions students for success during their internship.
This internship program is one piece of BGE's innovative Smart Energy Workforce Development Program, a joint effort with local workforce development agencies and Baltimore City schools to increase access to careers at BGE for local communities.
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to safe and reliable energy delivery to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. In the J.D. Power 2017 and 2018 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study SM BGE was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Business Electric Service in the East among Large Utilities. In addition, in the J.D. Power 2018 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study SM BGE received Best in Customer Satisfaction with Business Natural Gas Service in the East. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Flickr.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (or "BGE") received the highest score in the East Large segment of the 2018 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study and the East Region of the 2018 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study of electric and gas utility customer satisfaction among business customers. Visit jdpower.com/awards.