Monday, March 28, 2011

MLGW Goes To School Program for Local Career and Technology Students

MLGW/IBEW Local 1288 Announces its 5th Annual MLGW Goes To School Program for Local Career and Technology Students

Memphis City Schools (MCS) aspires for each of its graduating students to be prepared for today's technically-oriented workforce. By seeking advanced education and training, whether by attending college, training in military service, or seeking admittance to a vocational or apprenticeship program, MCS provides the educational path for the successful student. Employment at Memphis Light, Gas and Water (MLGW) is included as one of those preparatory choices and is now offering Memphis City Schools' students the opportunity to become "MLGW Bound." MLGW leaders will send out approximately 32 employees during the MLGW Goes to School program week of March 28 - April 1, 2011.

MLGW Goes to School is a program developed to encourage Memphis City Schools' students to explore career opportunities in the utility/energy industry, specifically Memphis' publicly owned utility. Employee volunteers will share their educational background, career choices, and job responsibilities and duties. This year the focus will be on the students enrolled in the career and technology centers. Participating schools are listed below:
Carver High School, MLGW's Adopt-A-School
City University for Boys, Special Request
East Career & Technology Center
Kansas Career & Technology Center
Kingsbury Career & Technology Center
Messick Adult High School
Sheffield Career & Technology Center
Southwest Career and Technology Center
Trezevant Career and Technology Center

MLGW participates annually in the educational process of students in Memphis City Schools, with particular emphasis on the needs, support, and training of those students. MLGW supports such activities as the summer intern/cooperative education programs, Memphis Weekend Academy, Junior Achievement and Explorer Posts, and sponsors many programs at its adopted school, Carver High School. Now in its fifth year, the MLGW University sponsored event continues to provide students with information on the kind of study and training needed for them to prepare themselves for careers in the utility industry, including positions as engineers, electronics technicians, electrical linemen, accountants, drafters, customer service representatives, and many more.

This multi-year program will serve a dual purpose of not only making students aware of opportunities in the utility industry, but also providing the utility with a ready local resource for future talented and qualified employees.

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