Pepco and D.C.’s Department of Employment Services recently celebrated the first graduates of the D.C. Infrastructure Academy’s Pepco Utility Training School program.
Of the 22 students who completed the program, Pepco has offered jobs to 11 of them, with the remaining scholars receiving offers from Pepco contractors of choice. In addition to their certificates, the graduates received hard hats during the ceremony from signing companies that included Anchor Construction, Dynamic Concepts Inc., Fort Myer Construction Company, CW Wright Construction and UtiliQuest.
“Pepco, and our parent company Exelon, are honored to partner with Mayor [Muriel] Bowser on the DC Infrastructure Academy and the Pepco Utility Training School,” said Pepco Holdings President/ CEO Dave Velazquez. “The DCIA and its programs are shaping futures and providing generation changing opportunities for these graduates and the many students who will continue to walk through its doors. Today, we celebrate the first-ever graduates of this program, who are bringing to life all our ideals and goals of teaching District residents the skills to join the infrastructure workforce.”
Pepco Holdings Senior Vice President/ COO Tyler Anthony agreed.
“Having a high-caliber workforce — both for our internal employees and our contractors — is the foundation of Pepco’s success,” Anthony said. “We could not succeed in delivering the highest quality of service to our customers without them. We know that the future graduates of DCIA will have big boots to fill coming after this group, but they will also continue building this foundational workforce. We can’t wait to see more exciting things in the years to come.”
Pepco also held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in May for its new utility training yard at DCIA, which also enhances hands on learning opportunities for participants.