Exelon Celebrates “Careers in Energy Week” in Illinois with Events Focused
on Working in the Energy Field
Energy company leading facility tour and presentations for elementary and high
school students throughout northern Illinois
CHICAGO -- October 14, 2013
The Exelon family of companies is helping to educate Illinoisans about the
need for a strong energy workforce and encourage them to consider careers in
the energy industry as part of the state’s inaugural Careers in Energy Week.
Gov. Pat Quinn recently issued a proclamation declaring Oct. 14 – 20, 2013, a
weeklong celebration of the important role energy workers play in Illinois.
“Careers in energy provide opportunities for a wide range of skill sets and
capabilities,” said Amy Best, Exelon senior vice president and chief human
resources officer. “Educating students and others about the possibilities in
our sector will continue the pipeline of talent for skilled energy workers of
In the lead-up to Careers in Energy Week, employees of ComEd, Exelon’s
Chicago-based electric utility, led Belding Elementary students from the
Mayfair, Old Irving Park and West Walker neighborhoods on a tour of its
Rockford, Ill., training center. ComEd also will host an open house at its
Oakbrook, Ill., Commercial Center to equip employees to educate friends and
family members about energy career options, and training and recruitment
Employees of Exelon Generation, Exelon’s power generation and marketing
business, will speak to students at the Illinois Math and Science Academy in
Aurora, Ill., about energy career opportunities and major events shaping the
nuclear industry, and to students at Freeport High School in Freeport, Ill.,
and Manteno High School in Manteno, Ill., about careers in nuclear energy.
Exelon employs well over 12,000 people in Illinois at its Chicago–areas
offices, throughout ComEd’s northern Illinois service territory and at nine
power generating facilities statewide. Its ComEd and Exelon Generation
subsidiaries are members of the Illinois Energy Workforce Consortium, which
was instrumental in instituting Careers in Energy Week in Illinois. A group of
utilities formed the consortium in 2011 with the goal of working together to
understand and address the state’s energy workforce needs.
In recognition of Careers in Energy Week, energy companies, educational
institutions and energy-focused organizations across Illinois are
collaborating on a variety of programs to educate students, families and
businesses about how energy companies operate and contribute to the local
economy, and the current and future career opportunities they can provide.
The weeklong celebration is part of a nationwide effort by the Center for
Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) to increase awareness of careers in the
energy field. The CEWD is a non-profit consortium of electric, natural gas and
nuclear utilities and their associations formed in 2006 to develop solutions
to the coming utility industry workforce shortage. Through a partnership with
the National Energy Foundation, CEWD is providing middle and high school
teachers lesson plans and materials covering energy sources and how energy is
generated for Careers in Education Week.
Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC) is the nation’s leading competitive energy
provider, with 2012 revenues of approximately $23.5 billion. Headquartered in
Chicago, Exelon has operations and business activities in 47 states, the
District of Columbia and Canada. Exelon is one of the largest competitive U.S.
power generators, with approximately 35,000 megawatts of owned capacity
comprising one of the nation’s cleanest and lowest-cost power generation
fleets. The company’s Constellation business unit provides energy products and
services to approximately 100,000 business and public sector customers and
approximately 1 million residential customers. Exelon’s utilities deliver
electricity and natural gas to more than 6.6 million customers in central
Maryland (BGE), northern Illinois (ComEd) and southeastern Pennsylvania
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