Release Date: October 22, 2008
Contact: PG&E News Department (415) 973-5930
Pacific Gas and Electric Company Seeks Recently Separated Veterans for
Workforce Development Program
PowerPathway™ Launches Program for Vets with Community Colleges in SF and
SAN FRANCISCO - Pacific Gas and Electric’s PowerPathway™ program announced it is taking
applications for its 2009 workforce development courses aimed at recruiting and preparing vets for skilled
craftworker and technician positions. Funded through a Department of Veteran Affair’s grant, only
veterans who have separated since January 1, 2005, are eligible. Developed in partnership with local
workforce investment boards, City College of San Francisco and Fresno City College as well as state and
local governments, the program will prepare individuals to better compete for high growth careers in the
"Over the years, we have found that veterans have had significant success in the technical positions that
are at the heart of providing our customers with world class customer service," said Jack Keenan, chief
operating officer for Pacific Gas and Electric Company.
Careers accessible through the PowerPathway program includes utility workers, apprentice lineworkers,
apprentice electrical technicians, apprentice instrument technicians, and apprentice system operators.
PowerPathway courses span 10-16 weeks, with curriculum that introduces individuals to energy sector
careers as well as provide preparation for PG&E's pre-employment tests. Some courses are held during
normal weekday hours while others are held in the evening or on weekends to accommodate work
schedules. Veterans with a final pay grade at E-3 or above who have received other than a dishonorable
discharge after January 1, 2005 are encouraged to apply. State, federal and PG&E Foundation grants
cover most course tuition.
The deadline to apply is November 9 via www.pge.com/careers/powerpathway. To read the profiles of
several veterans who are employed at PG&E and their careers paths, please visit the website.