ComEd Partners with Chicago Public High Schools to Launch Career Tour for Students
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ComEd is partnering with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to launch a tour to present internship and career opportunities to high school seniors. Throughout the month of March, ComEd recruiters will visit seven high schools including Prosser High School, Sullivan High School, Simeon High School, Curie High School, Raby High School, Schurz High School, and the Chicago Vocational Career Academy.
During the tours, ComEd recruiters will talk to students about the company’s annual summer internship program for students who attend a four-year college. These full-time internships are paid and provide students with opportunities to learn more about the energy industry through hands-on job training and career experience. Students will also learn more about the Dawson Overhead Electrical Line Worker Program, which was launched in 2006 through a partnership between ComEd and Chicago City Colleges. The program offers training to Chicago-area residents interested in becoming an overhead line worker.
“As a local company, we are interested in developing local talent. This partnership with Chicago Public Schools will help us connect directly with students who live in our communities and make them aware of career opportunities at ComEd. Our goal is to help them see future career prospects and consider becoming part of our workforce of the future,” said Tracie Morris, vice president of human resources operations at ComEd.
We know firsthand that internship experience in high school can provide our students with a valuable competitive edge as they pursue the careers of tomorrow," said Jacquelyn Dace, CPS Senior Partnership Liaison. “Our partnership with ComEd will allow students to learn from experienced workforce professionals who can provide insight into career and learning opportunities to explore after graduation."
For students who do not plan on attending college, ComEd recruiters will talk to them about entry-level positions, jobs that can open the door to other career paths at ComEd including enrollment into craft schools to prepare for positions in the skilled trades. Interested and qualified students will be given the opportunity to take the Construction and Skilled Trades Test (CAST) to be considered for entry level roles.