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Careers in Energy Week puts focus on growth of jobs in clean energy

As part of Careers in Energy Week, MI Environment looks at recent energy job growth and projected job increases in Michigan.

Governor Whitmer has proclaimed Oct. 17 to 21 Careers in Energy Week, noting that Michigan’s energy industry currently boasts nearly 116,000 jobs. Total employment in the field is projected to increase by 7.5% between 2020 and 2030.

That projected growth underscores the need to increase the number of adults with a skill certificate or college degree for high-skilled, high-demand careers in the industry.

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To address that, the Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium -- a partnership of representatives from the energy industry, education, workforce, labor, government and veterans – has launched an outreach initiative that aims to heighten awareness of high-growth, rewarding careers in the energy industry.

Michigan energy companies and educators have teamed up to create awareness for students and job seekers about the rewarding careers in the energy sector by hosting the following events open to the public:

Wednesday, October 19

Lansing Community College -- Women in Utility Linework

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

LCC West Campus, Room M119-120

5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing  

Join young women from Lansing area high schools to learn about high-wage, high-demand careers in energy and the programs to get you started. This event is free and open to current high school students. Transportation is not provided; parking is free at the LCC West Campus lots, or CATA Route 12 runs between Downtown and West campuses. Register here.


Thursday, October 20 

Coffee with a Purpose: YOUth and the Future of Careers in Energy

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Virtual – Zoom

As part of Careers in Energy Week, Roger Curtis, vice president of public affairs for Consumers Energy, and Mollie Waller, Youth Solutions executive director, will co-moderate this discussion about the impact youth have on the future through careers in energy.  Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates youth will discuss careers in the energy sector, what the future of energy looks like to them, and different ways they can get involved in making the future of energy reflect the world they want to live in. Listen into this great discussion while you enjoy your morning coffee by registering today.

Friday, October 21 

Lansing Board of Water & Light Reverse Job Fair

8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

REO Depot – 1201  S. Washington Lansing, MI 

Lansing Board of Water of Water & Light (BWL) will be hosting a reverse job fair for Lansing area middle school students. Students will learn about the various careers available in the energy industry by interacting with BWL employees. Interactive activities, career information, swag and snacks will be available. For more information on how your school can participate, please contact Dawn Plenar at