CHARLESTON, S.C. – Opportunities for high school students interested in energy-related careers just got easier, thanks to a newly formed partnership between Vectren Corporation (Vectren) and STEM Premier. Focused on connecting students to opportunities within STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), STEM Premier is Vectren’s newest online recruitment tool for the company’s Dream Big summer camp, a four-day program designed to introduce Indiana high-school juniors and seniors to a range of occupations available in the energy industry.
During camp, students participate in informational presentations from Vectren leaders, visit different Evansville-area facilities to better understand the business, and engage in interactive, hands-on activities and team projects. Through this experience, students are able to develop interpersonal, problem-solving and leadership skills, as well as strengthen their team-building and presentation capabilities.
“The goal is to build the next generation of utility workers,” said Lori Sutton, Vectren’s manager of diversity and inclusion. “We are trying to start young so we can influence career choices, emphasizing those areas where we see the most need in the energy industry such as IT, accounting, engineering and technical fields. That’s where our partnership with STEM Premier will really take flight.”
Headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, STEM Premier’s online platform enables colleges and companies like Vectren to easily identify talent, ages 13+, and directly connect with them to create awareness of opportunities and careers within their organization. Furthermore, the platform encourages students to showcase their talents through digital profiles to identify a career path, discover scholarships, receive guidance, and connect with colleges and companies of their interest.
“Creating your own talent pipeline is the foundation of what STEM Premier is all about,” Channelle Ragland, STEM Premier’s director of strategic partnerships. “Our platform will allow Vectren the ability to personalize their recruitment strategy, find talent base on their specific needs, and communication with that talent at any point of the process. It’s a win-win for everyone as our partnership will expose students to employment opportunities they may not have considered or knew were available in their community.”