Event boosts enthusiasm for energy careers

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More than 175 students and school counselors got a firsthand look at careers in the energy industry last week.

Careers in Energy was held Oct 15-17 at OPPD’s Elkhorn Service Center for the fifth consecutive year. This marked the first year school counselors took part in the event.

Students came from R.M. Marrs Magnet Middle School, as well as Papillion-La Vista and Omaha South, North, Northwest, and Blackburn high schools.

The students made a water filter with MUD, fused pvc pipes, and got a demonstration from OPPD’s line technicians as well as other hands-on activities.

The event included OPPD representatives from Substation, Transportation and Transmission & Distribution. There were also representatives from the Nebraska Energy Workforce Consortium, which is comprised of Nebraska Public Power District, Lincoln Electric System, Metropolitan Utilities District, Black Hills Energy, Southeast Community College and Bellevue University.

“The goal is to create a greater awareness of career opportunities in the energy industry,” said Joyce Cooper, manager of Diversity and Inclusion at OPPD.

Students enjoyed the day.

“Energy isn’t what I thought it was,” said Eduardo Mendoza a senior at Omaha North High School. “I learned about so many job opportunities in the energy industry that I would have never thought would go together.”

Many of the Legacy I3 students participated in the event.

“I realized that energy is a great career to go into, and it’s fulfilling long-term,” said Brandon Micek, a senior at Northwest High School.

Angel Ruiz Flores

About Angel Ruiz Flores

Angel Ruiz Flores, an Omaha South High School graduate, is a Legacy I3 student interning at OPPD. Angel works in Economic Development, Corporate Marketing & Communications, and Government Relations. He will be attending Metro Community College to pursue an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice and plans to continue his education at Bellevue University. He plans to pursue a career in economic development. Angel enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering with Young Nebraskans in Action, and relaxing at home.

Justin Gallegos

About Justin Gallegos

Justin Gallegos, an Omaha South High School graduate, is pursuing his education in the fine arts at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is part of the Legacy I3 program at OPPD. Justin works in Corporate Marketing and Communications at the utility. When Justin isn't working, he enjoys spending his free time outdoors, running, creating art, and most importantly, being with his family.

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