Junior Achievement of Delaware recently got a helping hand from Delmarva Power.
Delmarva Power recently awarded Junior Achievement a $24,000 grant to help local middle and high school students prepare for the workplace.
Delmarva Power spokesman Tim Stokes says the grant is earmarked for the organization’s Work Readiness Initiative.
"The Initiative is going to provide a hands-on education and workplace engagement program that is empowering the next generation of workers and exposing them to a variety of career opportunities and experiences,” said Stokes.
Junior Achievement of Delaware president Rob Eppes says Delmarva Power has supported JA since its inception in 1956 and offers a version of JA’s job shadow program.
“That they do with us a couple of times a year, where students will be invited on-site to Delmarva Power locations and they’ll meet different folks and learn about the various job functions of these individuals who work for Delmarva,” sai Eppes.
Eppes says the students also work with Delmarva Power crews to solve a real problem - providing invaluable training for them.
“The feedback is very eye-opening for the students," said Eppes. "What we find is, very few young people have an understanding of the vast array of career opportunities that exist right here in Delaware.”
Delmarva Power has donated over $300,000 to Junior Achievement of Delaware over the past decade and nearly $2 million to various First State workforce development programs since becoming part of Exelon in 2016.