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PG&E PowerPathway™ Hosts New Energy Workforce Conference

Release Date: May 14, 2010
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SAN RAMON, Calif. – In an effort to highlight the need to train more Californians for jobs in the energy sector, Pacific Gas and Electric Company's (PG&E) PowerPathway™ program today hosted a conference that included more than 100 educators and leaders from the local workforce investment system and the utility and energy industry.

PG&E's PowerPathway™ program works with educators to lay the foundation for developing new training and credentialing courses aimed at building capacity in California to produce the skilled workers needed for new energy jobs of the future.

As part of the conference, representatives from local community colleges and state universities joined program graduates and PG&E employees in leading break-out sessions. Among the topics discussed were the educational and workforce implications of green job growth in clean tech vehicles, smart grid, energy efficiency, renewables, and skilled crafts.

"We came together to review key trends and collaborate on regional training needs in a continuing effort to develop the next generation of energy workers," said Van Ton-Quinlivan, PG&E Director of Workforce Development. "With the help of conferences like this, we're laying the foundation for career pathways into the new energy jobs of the future, especially for returning veterans and our underserved communities."

PG&E was also joined by partner and stakeholder representatives from PolicyLink, East Bay Municipal Utility District, American River College, and the California Workforce Investment Board in moderating discussions on topics such as how to establish responsive funding collaborations, building multi-employer alliances and developing industry-recognized credentialing.

"The energy industry is experiencing great change and is on the verge of a turnover in its workforce," said Ann Randazzo, Executive Director of the Center for Energy Workforce Development. "We are working to establish industry-recognized credentials to increase access and completion of quality training."

PG&E's PowerPathway™ program was launched in 2008 in collaboration with local community colleges. Earlier this month, PG&E announced its latest free job training program to be held at American River College this summer that will assist recently separated veterans and others in gaining the technical skills needed to service and repair hybrid and electric vehicles.

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 www.pge.com/about/.

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