College students participating in an engineering internship program enjoy the view from Pepco Holdings' offices in D.C. (Courtesy of Pepco)
**FILE** College students participating in an engineering internship program enjoy the view from Pepco Holdings' offices in D.C. (Courtesy of Pepco)

As students across the District and Maryland head back to school, Pepco reminds customers of its commitment to education, specifically in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), workforce development, and scholarships for higher education.

In addition to its own programs, Pepco also supports local community partners with education-focused initiatives.

“Every day we are working to support the important programs and efforts that are educating and preparing our young people to be the future leaders of tomorrow,” said David Vosvick, vice president of Human Resources for Pepco Holdings. “Through our internship programs, we provide young people with the resources, training and experiences they need to be successful in today’s competitive workforce, while at the same time introducing them to the myriad of possibilities available through a career at one of the nation’s leading energy providers.”

This year, a record 65 college students successfully completed the engineering internship program through Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power, and Pepco.

Students gained hands-on experience in their chosen fields of study, including pre-engineering, electrical construction, and computer-assisted design. Several of those students will be offered full-time employment at these companies over the upcoming weeks and begin their careers in the energy industry.

In addition, 37 students from area high schools and various community organizations, including the Student Youth Enrichment Program, Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Summer R.I.S.E., participated in Pepco’s high school internship programs.

In March, Pepco announced a partnership with D.C. to create the D.C. Infrastructure Academy. As part of this partnership, Pepco will donate $500,000 over the next five years in cash contributions, human resources services, and equipment for the academy to provide high-quality, specialized trainings to District residents to help secure high-paying, long-term employment in the infrastructure industry.

Pepco also is a proud sponsor of KID Museum in Bethesda, Md., which offers a unique, hands-on STEM learning experience to children and their families in the region.

Last month, Pepco helped recognize five local high students at the 2018 American Association of Blacks in Energy scholarship awards luncheon held at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery. The annual scholarships are given to local high school students pursuing continued education in energy-related fields. Each scholarship recipient received a $2,000 scholarship and vouchers to buy additional school supplies.

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