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MLGW gives MCS students insight into careers in public utilities
March 24, 2008
Memphis Light, Gas and Water employees are showing Memphis City School students the power of a career in public utilities as part of the "MLGW Goes to School" program during the week of March 24-28.

"MLGW Goes to School" is a special program developed by MLGW and the IBEW Local 1288 to encourage MCS students to explore career opportunities in the utility industry, specifically Memphis' own publicly owned utility, MLGW. During the week of March 24–28, employees from MLGW will facilitate informational seminars at schools throughout the district, broadcast informational videos on MCS station Cable 19 and provide students with a variety of workshops that highlight the essential functions and qualifications for specific careers in the utility industry.

"MLGW supports the efforts of local schools to equip graduating students to make informed decisions about career opportunities in energy," said Patrice J. Robinson, MLGW Program Coordinator. "As a complement to Memphis City Schools' Every Child. Every Day. College Bound. motto, MLGW is including employment at the utility company as one of those preparatory choices, and is now offering MCS students the opportunity to become MLGW Bound."

In addition to classroom training, the "MLGW Goes to School" program will offer a summer job-shadowing program as well as a mentoring program for students to introduce them to the variety of careers at MLGW and the exciting working environment at the nation's largest three-service public utility. This annual program will help make students aware of employment opportunities in the utility industry and provide the utility with local resources for the future pool of qualified employees.

MLGW has contributed to local education efforts for many years, with particular emphasis on the needs, support and training of students in Memphis City Schools. MLGW supports such activities as summer internships, Memphis Weekend Academy, Junior Achievement and Explorer posts, and sponsors many programs at its adopted school, Carver High.