Careers In Energy Week Highlights Job Opportunities In Michigan

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Detroit, MI - Oct. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 111,000 Michigan residents hold energy-related jobs today, and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity estimates energy jobs will grow by 6% through 2026.

The Michigan Energy Industry Cluster Workforce Analysis, just released by the state, details the outlook for energy careers in Michigan

"While skilled workers for these positions are in demand, many students aren't aware of the vast array of career opportunities that exist in this sector," says Marcia Black-Watson, industry engagement division administrator, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity - Workforce Development. "That's why for one week each October, educators and industry leaders join forces to spark students' interest and encourage them with the theme Get Into Energy."

During Careers in Energy Week, Oct. 14-18, Michigan schools and energy companies will open their doors for tours, hands-on activities, demonstrations and other events. Now in its sixth year, the week is sponsored by the Michigan Energy Workforce Development Consortium (MEWDC), which includes DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, API, Great Lakes Energy, Michigan Electric and Gas Association (MEGA), Lansing Board of Water & Light, and more than 50 industry, workforce and education partners. The MEWDC will also host a contest for high schoolers to further increase visibility of energy industry careers.

"This is a great opportunity for industry, education and government partners to work together and raise awareness of the many career paths in the energy industry," said Tracy DiSanto, manager of Workforce Planning and Analytics at DTE, and co-chair of the MEWDC. "Across the state, students will get a first-hand look at a variety of in-demand careers vital to Michigan's future."

"We're excited for students to learn during Careers in Energy Week about opportunities in Michigan's growing energy industry," said Cathy Hendrian, senior vice president of People and Culture for Consumers Energy. "The next generation of jobs will require a new wave of talented people with the right technical skills to help us embrace a clean energy future for our state."

Careers in Energy Week helps feed the industry's talent pipeline. Energy companies in the consortium have hired more than 3,200 new employees since January 2018 and annually offer students more than 900 internships and co-op positions.

The MEWDC was founded in 2008. Since then, its work to develop the next generation of Michigan energy workers has included:

In addition, consortium members Consumers Energy and DTE Energy have:

For the full list of events taking place during Careers in Energy Week, please go to CareersInEnergyMichigan.com.

About DTE Energy
DTE Energy (NYSE: DTE) is a Detroit-based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric company serving 2.2 million customers in Southeast Michigan and a natural gas company serving 1.3 million customers in Michigan. More information about DTE is available at dteenergy.com.

About Consumers Energy
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.

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