PG&E Announces New Veterans-Only Job-Training Courses

            PG&E Announces New Veterans-Only Job-Training Courses

Training Improves Energy Job Prospects for Recently Discharged Veterans, Helps
Develop High-Potential Candidates for Much-Needed Energy Workforce

PR Newswire

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 8, 2012

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Pacific Gas and Electric
Company (PG&E) today announced that it will offer two new training courses for
recently discharged veterans next year that will provide a career path into
the energy industry through the utility's PowerPathway™ program.

PG&E is offering the veterans-only energy training courses at American River
College in Sacramento, part of the company's commitment to helping recently
discharged veterans find work and to growing a pipeline of skilled utility
workers. PG&E expects more than 40 percent of its workforce will be
retirement-eligible within the next five years and believes veterans can be
high-potential candidates for these positions.

As a former officer in the U.S. Navy, PG&E Chairman, CEO and President Tony
Earley is committed to creating career paths for veterans. "Unemployment rates
are as high as 29 percent for young veterans – about 65 percent above those
for other Americans in the same age group," Earley said. "PG&E has the
opportunity to match our workforce needs with the great technical skills and
leadership ability that veterans offer."

In addition to veterans-only courses, PowerPathway partners with community
colleges, universities and community-based training organizations throughout
Northern and Central California to offer other industry-related courses that
are open to all qualified candidates.

As part of its commitment to the White House's Joining Forces initiative, PG&E
has set a goal for PowerPathway to provide career and technical training to
approximately 250 California residents, including 100 veterans, and place
about two-thirds of those into energy and utility industry jobs through 2013.

"Taking care of our veterans is a sacred duty that we must never turn from,"
said Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-Sacramento). "As these brave men and women
transition to civilian life, both the public and private sector must ensure
our veterans have the support they need, and that includes educational and job
opportunities. The energy training course being offered by PG&E will help our
veterans find good paying jobs and will provide an ever-growing job sector
with a highly skilled workforce."

The PowerPathway Bridge to Utility Worker for Veterans course offers 240 hours
of training designed to strengthen participants' candidacy for employment and
increase their knowledge of the energy and utility industries, including
pre-employment test preparation and soft skills development. The course will
begin in January 2013.

The PowerPathway Welding for Veterans course provides fundamental training on
the pipe-welding techniques and safety procedures unique to the utilities
industry. The course will begin in May 2013. Both veterans-only programs are
being funded through a California Employment Development Department grant to
the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency, one of several PG&E workforce
development partners. 

PG&E has already successfully completed six veterans-only Bridge to Utility
Worker courses. Through 2011, nearly 150 former military personnel have been
trained through the Bridge to Pre-Apprentice/Utility Worker and Bridge to
Utility Equipment Mechanic programs at Fresno City College, City College of
San Francisco and American River College in Sacramento. Approximately 72
percent of those trained have been hired by PG&E and other companies in the
energy industry.

A schedule of PowerPathway programs that will be open to new enrollment in
2013—at nine community colleges, universities and community-based training
organizations throughout Northern and Central California—can be viewed at
www.pge.com/powerpathway. 

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG),
is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the
United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company
delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern
and Central California. For more information, visit
http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and www.pgecurrents.com.

SOURCE Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E)

Website: http://www.pge.com
Contact: PG&E External Communications, +1-415-973-5930
 
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