NIPSCO Donates $60,000 in support of students-focused program
NIPSCO has once again committed its support to approximately 45-50 NWI students’ in grades 11 and 12 with a $60,000 donation to the Urban League of Northwest Indiana’s NIPSCO Summer Internship that promotes college readiness.
“We are simply elated that NIPSCO continues to support this program providing our students with skills and experiences that prepare them for college and careers,” said Dr. Vanessa Allen-McCloud, President and CEO of the Urban League of NWI. “They get to interact with professionals in the energy industry while personally growing as individuals.”
The Energy Ambassador Program is categorized as a College and Career Readiness Program and is hosted virtually and in-person with the following goals:
- Reduce social-emotional barriers for students
- Increase interest in STEM careers
- Boost self-esteem
- Support emerging educational goals of students through experiential learning, career mentorship, guided personal development and access to resources
Over a 10-month period, students will participate in workshops and activities designed to educate and encourage. Curriculum topics include Post-high school planning , STEM careers (including trades) and college readiness, the scholarship/college application process, matching talents/interests & careers, mastery of soft skills, writing and research, personal development and mentorship.
It is partnerships like this that that truly make a positive impact on the youth of our communities, said Rick Calinski, Director of Public Affairs and Economic Development for NIPSCO. “The Energy Ambassador program will give these students an opportunity to learn about the utility industry and also help provide them the skills and confidence to meet educational and professional goals.”
Throughout the program and beyond, the Urban League of Northwest Indiana follows the progress and accomplishments of every participant while sharing opportunities for scholarships, internships and job opportunities added Allen-McCloud. “Thanks to NIPSCO, we are giving our students more and more opportunities for success.”