Educator in the Workforce
A two-week teacher internship program geared toward exposing educators to careers at DLC that do not require a four-year degree. Participants are paid $28/hour and can earn Act 48 credits. In addition to compensation and credits, teachers are required to create and present a lesson plan based on their experience at the company to encourage real-world applications in the classroom. The 2019 Pilot program hosted seven educators.
A three-week program, it prepares seniors in high school for the Construction and Skilled Trade Selection System exam (CAST), that is required for entry-level line worker positions with DLC; it acts as a precursor to the Electrical Distribution Technology (EDT) Apprenticeship program. The prep course focuses on soft skills and technical skills (math and science) required to pass the CAST exam. One goal of the program is to diversify the candidate pool, particularly to increase the number of people of color passing the exam and entering the program. Students receive $10/hour for participating and can utilize transportation assistance, if needed. This program specifically focuses on diversifying the talent pipeline and accessibility to all populations for opportunities with DLC.
Electrical Distribution Technology (EDT) Apprenticeship Program
This one-year program targets high school graduates not pursuing post-secondary education. Candidates who complete the program receive an EDT certificate from the Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) and become members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union (IBEW). During the program, students are given two paid internship opportunities where they can earn up to $17,000. Graduates of the EDT program are considered for full-time employment at Duquesne Light.