senate resolution no.84

Senator Lauwers offered the following resolution:

A resolution to recognize October 14-18, 2019, as Careers in Energy Week.

Whereas, Access to affordable and reliable energy is fundamental to the lives of all Michigan residents and crucial to businesses; and

Whereas, Michigan's energy industry is transforming energy generation to cleaner and greener generation technologies and infrastructure as older facilities are retired over the next ten years; and

Whereas, Energy efficiency and clean energy sources have become a priority for Michigan residents, businesses, and government; and

Whereas, Michiganís energy industry currently boasts 111,000 jobs, with total demand projected to grow by six percent through 2026. This underscores a vital need to increase Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and skilled trades training to increase the number of Michigan residents ready to fill the growing gap in the workforce pipeline; and

Whereas, As Michiganís economy continues to grow and become more competitive, our energy providers have hired more than 3,200 employees since January 2018; and

Whereas, The Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium (MEWDC) is a coalition of more than 50 representatives of industry, education, workforce, labor, government, and veterans celebrating 11 years of dedication to identifying and acting on current and future workforce issues that are crucial to building and sustaining Michiganís energy industry; and

Whereas, MEWDC has aligned with energy-related associations including the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractor Association, Michigan Municipal Electric Association, Michigan Energy Co-operative Association, the Michigan Electric and Gas Association, and the American Petroleum Institute; and

Whereas, MEWDC has partnered with the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, and the Center for Energy Workforce Development to implement talent development strategies for employment opportunities in Michiganís energy industry; and

Whereas, MEWDC has been awarded a Michigan Industry Cluster Approach 2.0 grant to advance the work of the consortium, further increasing industry involvement and opportunities for students and residents of the state; and

Whereas, MEWDC collaborated with the Michigan Department of Education in order to create Michiganís 17th ďcareer clusterĒ, which provides a roadmap for high school, career and technical education, and community college students to pursue jobs in the energy sector; and

Whereas, MEWDC members now have an enhanced, year-round presence in schools and on college and university campuses with a focus on hiring Michigan students, in addition to offering more than 900 industry internships, work-based learning and co-op opportunities annually for students; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That we recognize October 14-18, 2019, as Careers in Energy Week; and be it further

Resolved, That during this week, MEWDC will focus on energy career awareness through student tours, energy fairs, and other events to raise awareness about the many benefits of energy careers.