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During Infrastructure Week, Delmarva Power Recognizes Workforce That Powers Critical Energy Infrastructure Across the Region

Graduates from Delmarva Power's training programs make important infrastructure upgrades possible

NEWARK, Del. (May 18, 2022) — This week, in Delaware and Maryland – and all across the country – we join together to celebrate Infrastructure Week and the exciting and innovative work being performed by Delmarva Power employees to help modernize and harden the local energy grid and to reliably power homes and businesses in the region. Through Delmarva Power's workforce development programs, residents in the region prepare for and ultimately earn careers in the energy industry, such as cable splicer mechanics, gas mechanic operators, meter technicians and many more.

"It takes a dedicated workforce with diverse backgrounds, areas of expertise and innovative ideas to power the communities we serve, and we are extremely proud of training program graduates that Delmarva Power and our contractors of choice employ to do just that," said Tamla Olivier, senior vice president and chief operating officer for Pepco Holdings, which includes Delmarva Power. "To date, we have seen 18 graduates come through our programs who are all highly skilled, capable energy employees that are vital to modernizing our local energy grid. This infrastructure week, we celebrate those graduates and salute the work they do alongside all of our hardworking employees every day to keep the lights on and the grid energized.

"Delmarva Power's workforce development programs provide industry training through targeted programs including the Path to Success program and Wor-Wic Energy Bootcamp. Delmarva Power partners with local groups across Delaware and Maryland to help advance economic growth, equity, inclusion and innovation. These programs teach the skills and provides the experience necessary to begin working safely in the energy industry. The objective is to prepare Delaware and Maryland residents for well-paying careers within the energy industry by offering customized training for the Construction and Skills Trades (CAST) exam, workforce readiness and technical skill.

 Elijah James, a recent graduate of the company's Path to Success program, is a laborer in Gas Construction and Maintenance for Delmarva Power, credits the program for guiding him into this career path and not only preparing him to set career goals, but personal goals as well.

"The program did a really good job preparing me for what I am doing now but also prepared me on the interview process, managing money and more. One major thing I pulled from this program was responsibility. It teaches you how to live your life while working at Delmarva Power," said James. "Currently, I am working on a project to replace cast-iron mains with plastic mains. This helps prevent future leaks and is overall better for the environment. I always wanted a job that felt like I was helping the community. I knew this was the right place to be.

"Vertis Brown, a graduate of the Wor-Wic Energy Bootcamp, works as a substation technician. Brown participated in the program two years ago but says he still greatly benefits from the opportunities the program provided.  

 "The Wor-Wic Bootcamp set me on the right path to my career goals and separated me from the others during the interview process," said Brown. "The program gave me good bases to enter the energy industry and to work at Delmarva Power – which was always my goal. The program prepared me for what we do every day and was a great steppingstone."

 Angel Lora, another Wor-Wic Energy Bootcamp graduate, is also a substation technician. He credits the program for providing the opportunity to enter the energy industry where he does important work to ensure the region's infrastructure continues to thrive.

 "I love what I do. Rebuilding a new substation along the Eastern Shore of Maryland is just a part of what we do along with doing maintenance and daily inspections to make sure everything operates smoothly," said Lora. "The program was really good and without it I don't think I would have made it to this point."  

 The 2021 Path to Success cohort had 12 participants, all who graduated with a job offer from Delmarva Power or a Contractor of Choice. This latest Path to Success 2022 cohort has 11 participants. Including this latest cohort, 29 residents in the Delaware and Maryland region will have graduated from Delmarva Power's workforce development programs. Both the Wor-Wic Energy Bootcamp and Path to Success Program are currently recruiting for the next cohort. To learn more about Delmarva Power's workforce development programs, click here.

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