Workforce Development

Approximately half the electric utility sector workforce will retire in the next 10 years.  This will leave a shortage of experienced workers in every organizational facet, from linemen to power engineers, potentially affecting energy reliability.

States are using a variety of tactics to get people back to work through retraining programs, most of which are on community college campuses.  Big enrollment increases, couple with state budget cuts, is leaving many colleges in a fiscal crisis.

Early college high schools enable high school students to earn college credit while still enrolled in high school. These programs provide visionary new pathways to postsecondary education, particularly for underrepresented populations.

Suggested State Legislation:This Act creates a program to reimburse education costs for residents who obtain an associate degree or a bachelor’s degree in the state, and live, work and pay taxes in the state thereafter.