Atlantic County Institute of Technology recognized Atlantic City Electric as its Business Partner of the Year.
The award is given annually to a county vocational technical school business partner for outstanding contributions to career and technical education. Business partners play a variety of roles, including serving on county vocational technical school program advisory boards, offering opportunities for students to gain valuable work experience, donating equipment, or serving as mentors and role models for students.
Atlantic City Electric, whose employees serve on the vocational-technical school’s advisory board, has been a business partner with the district for more than a decade.
“Atlantic City Electric exemplifies the spirit of true partnership, continuously working to build deeper relationships with the ACIT faculty and student body,” said Philip Guenther, superintendent of the Atlantic County Vocational School District.
“The utility encourages the strengthening of workforce skills and assists learners and educators in discovering new and meaningful ways to apply those skills,” Guenther said. “They dedicate their time and expertise to the continued growth of ACIT and authentically engage in opportunities that honor the mission set forth for ACIT students: Pursue What You Love.”
Atlantic City Electric employees serve as consultants on ACIT’s Advisory Board, influencing curriculum and technology acquisitions to ensure that students are gaining the workforce skills necessary to take advantage of the multi-faceted career opportunities available in the energy sector.
The partnership has been enhanced by Atlantic City Electric’s ACES grant, which was awarded to ACIT to provide electrical and engineering students with information about utility career pathways and specific skill development to earn an Energy Industry Fundamentals certificate.
In addition, Atlantic City Electric has worked diligently to place ACIT students in job shadowing positions, internships and structured learning experiences, including two engineering students who gained invaluable and relevant experience in multiple aspects of the electric utility industry.