New Energy Academy

Helping Train California Students for the Jobs of the Future

To prepare the next generation of Californians for successful careers and meet the growing needs of the energy sector for a skilled workforce, PG&E created the New Energy Academy, an in-school training program focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Program Overview

PG&E established this first-of-its-kind training program, in partnership with the California Department of Education (CDE), as a three-year program for students in grades 10-12. The first New Energy Academies were launched in 2010 at five high schools within our service area.

New Energy Academy schools receive grants, customized professional development workshops and access to education, industry and government experts to assist in curriculum development.

In the first year, PG&E invested a total of $1,000,000 to the New Energy Academy program, supporting classroom enhancements, equipment and scholarships for each graduate of the inaugural New Energy Academy class of 2013.

Students are selected to join their school’s New Energy Academy on the basis of need, interest and parent/guardian approval. Once committed to the program, students participate in relevant STEM curriculum and are exposed to unique hands-on learning experiences.

New Energy Career Academy Schools

In 2013, more than 150 students successfully graduated from PG&E New Energy Academies at the schools below, with nearly 80 percent of these students planning to attend community college or a four-year university.

Foothill High School, Sacramento, CA >>

Located in Northern Sacramento, Foothill's educators are seeking to support a community where children enrolled in the district represent 46 different languages.

Edison High School, Fresno, CA >>

Currently a magnet school in the subjects of math and science, Edison High ranks among the highest academically in the San Joaquin Valley and the state.

Independence High School, Bakersfield, CA >>

Independence High School reflects California's growing diversity, with half of the student population coming from Hispanic origin.

Venture Academy, Stockton, CA >>

A nontraditional charter school that seeks to educate and inspire students from five surrounding counties.

The schools selected for this initial pilot program were required to submit formal applications to both PG&E and the CDE.

Our Commitment to the Future of California

“Through the New Energy Academy Program, we are investing in the future of California by educating, preparing and training today’s high school students for the energy sector jobs of tomorrow.”

Sarah Sasaki
PG&E’s Senior Manager of Community Relations

Our New Energy Academies at Work

At White House Event, PG&E Expands Education Commitment, Says It Will Add More Energy Academies
At an event today (Jan. 16) at the White House and dedicated to increasing college opportunities for low-income and disadvantaged students, PG&E reinforced its commitment to education by saying it would expand its successful New Energy Academy Program in Northern and Central California.

PG&E Contributes to High School Mentoring Program during Kern County Energy Summit
PG&E presented a $15,000 check today (Nov. 13) to the Kern Economic Development Corporation’s Foundation to support high school mentoring programs for those interested in energy careers.

PG&E Mentors Help Guide New Energy Academy Students as School Year Begins
There were a lot of getting-to-know-you questions this week as a dozen PG&E employees met students from the New Energy Academy at Independence High School that they will help guide and advise over the next eight months.

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