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Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Summer Youth Workers visit energy center, learn about careers.

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As a part of Westar Energy’s workforce development efforts, the company has partnered with the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation to bring high-school aged students to learn about careers in the electric energy industry and Westar Energy at Jeffrey Energy Center, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., July 14.

Topeka, Kan., July 10, 2014 – During the summer of 2014, Westar Energy is partnering with the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBP Nation) in a new workforce development effort called Electrify Your Future-PBP Nation. This effort involves two programs bringing highschool aged students who are enrolled members of the PBP Nation to Jeffrey Energy Center (JEC), St. Marys, Kan. for a half-day in June and another in July. The June program hosted 20 teens, while the upcoming July 14 program will host another 20. The program takes place in the JEC Auditorium and includes tours of the JEC campus; demonstrations of selected craft jobs; and presentations on internships, job shadowing, career pathways and a program called Optimize Your Future (OYF). OYF is an all-day extended version of Electrify Your Future that allows high school students the opportunity to experience firsthand the different craft positions available at Westar.

The primary goal of Electrify Your Future is to introduce high school-aged students to career opportunities in the electric utility industry. In the next 10 years, 50 percent of Westar’s workforce will be eligible for retirement, creating a need for highly qualified and well-prepared individuals to fill these vacancies. Electrify Your Future and its extension – Optimize Your Future – allow students to see demonstrations of the many craft positions at Westar – for example, linemen, substation journeymen, power plant operators, instrument and control technicians and many other skilled workers – who help provide our communities’ lifeblood. It’s important to raise awareness that there are options for excellent, meaningful and well-paying careers in our industry.

Electrify your Future-PBP Nation is a new effort by Westar to engage an important partner and close neighbor in our workforce development program by introducing its students to our industry and the many attractive jobs we have to offer. Hattie Mitchell, Treasurer, PBPN, said, “Electrify Your Future is a great addition to the Summer Youth Program Development effort for PBPN. The Summer Youth Program has been in progress for 16 years, and over the last two years 16 hours of career development training has been added with the addition of this partnership. Our youth are showing an interest in entering the electric utility industry. We look forward to our youth continuing to optimize their future with Westar Energy.” An agenda for the July 14 program is attached.

Directions to Jeffrey Energy Center: 25905 Jeffrey Road: Take Highway 63 north of St. Marys about seven miles. Turn left on Jeffrey Road and proceed to plant entrance. At the plant, a guard will direct you to the appropriate location.

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Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is Kansas’ largest electric utility. For more than a century, we have provided Kansans the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes. Every day our team of professionals takes on projects to generate and deliver electricity, protect the environment and provide excellent service to our nearly 700,000 customers. Westar has 7,200 MW of electric generation capacity fueled by coal, uranium, natural gas, wind and landfill gas. We are also a leader in electric transmission in Kansas. Our innovative customer service programs include mobile-enabled customer care, a smart meter pilot project and paving the way for electric vehicle adoption. Our employees live, volunteer and work in the communities we serve.

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The Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is a tribe that originated in the Great Lakes region thousands of years ago. The Prairie Band Potawatomi people were forcibly removed from their ancestral homelands to Kansas around 1846. Today, the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation is a federally recognized sovereign nation with almost 5,000 tribal members.

Westar media contact:
Gina Penzig
Director, corporate communications
Phone: 785.575.8089
Media line: 888.613.0003

Prairie Band media contact:
Peggy Houston, G. M.
Tribal Operations
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
Office: 785-966-3900
Cell: 785-342-9345

Jeffrey Energy Center
25905 Jeffrey Rd, St Marys, KS 66536
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Electrify Your Future – PBP Nation

July 14, 2014
9 AM – 12 PM

  • Welcome – Geoff Green, Superintendent, Plant Operations
  • Patrick Woods, Director of Talent Management & Diversity
  • Company Presentation – Westar Energy, Career opportunities and career pathways in the industry.
  • Career Pathways Discussion
  • Optimize Your Future
  • Craft demonstrations
  • Design Technician – maps and more… (Auditorium)
  • Linemen – climbing demonstration and equipment (Line Trailer)
  • Tour of Jeffrey Energy Center – to include Power Plant Operator simulation
  • Jobs, internships and job shadow information, etc.
  • Dismissal/Refreshments
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