Public Power Magazine

Training the Next Generation Hydropower Workforce


From the July-August 2017 issue (Vol. 75, No. 4) of Public Power

Originally published July 1, 2017

By Jessica Porter
Contributing Writer
July 1, 2017

In June, the Foundation for Water and Energy Education’s second annual Hydropower and STEM Career Academy was held in Wenatchee, Washington. The academy, which is hosted by the Chelan County PUD, aims to teach high school students about the job opportunities and benefits of working in hydropower.

The weeklong academy gives more than 20 students the opportunity to see hydro plants in action, talk to diverse employees — including divers, electrical engineers, civil engineers, fish biologists, and more — who work in the industry, and complete hands-on projects to better understand how hydro works. For example, all students build a generator and turbine to generate electricity to power a string of lights.

“It’s a great way for students to understand electricity in general. At the end of the academy, every student is able to ace any test about general electricity knowledge,” said Randall Stearnes, who is the community relations officer of community and media services for Tacoma Public Utilities as well as the board president for the Foundation for Water and Energy Education.

“We have a wonderful menu of careers students can enter, depending on their passions and what training they want to pursue,” Stearnes said. “We thought, ‘How can we showcase these jobs instead of just going out and talking about them?’”

The academy was created after a FWEE meeting, during which members discussed youth outreach and generating interest in the industry. Many members attended career fairs but wanted to take efforts a step further.

Ratings

Be the first to rate this item!

Please Sign in to rate this.

Comments

  Sign in to add a comment


Digital Edition [PDF]


EDITORIAL TEAM

Delia Patterson, Acting Senior Vice President, Avocacy & Communications and General Counsel
Meena Dayak, Vice President, Integrated Media & Communications
Paul Ciampoli, News Director
Susan Partain, Senior Editor & Content Strategist
Jeannine Anderson, News Editor
Laura D’Alessandro, Editorial Consultant
Robert Thomas, Art Director
Sharon Winfield, Lead Designer, Digital & Print
Sam Gonzales, Director, Digital & Social Media
David Blaylock, Senior Manager, Integrated Media & Communications
Tobias Sellier, Director, Media Relations & Communications
Maria Valatkaite, Integrated Media & Communications Coordinator

INQUIRIES

Editorial
News@PublicPower.org
202-467-2900

Subscriptions
subscriptions@PublicPower.org
202-467-2900

Advertising
EHenson@Naylor.com
352-333-3443
Advertising for American Public Power Association publications is managed by Naylor, LLC.

Public Power (ISSN 0033-3654) is published six times a year by the American Public Power Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 1000, Arlington, VA 22202-4804. ©Copyright, 2017, American Public Power Association. Opinions expressed in articles are not necessarily policies of the association. For permission to reprint articles, contact News@publicpower.org. Periodical postage paid in Arlington, VA, and additional mailing offices.