Cherokee, OS students win Careers in Energy contest

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Roane County students from Cherokee and Oliver Springs middle schools were the winners of a “Careers in Energy Week” essay contest.


Cherokee’s Casey Gaines was awarded first place for her essay.

Winning second place was an essay written by Oliver Springs’ Sarah Davenport.

Dawson Seiber, also of Oliver Springs, won third place with his essay.

Students were challenged to write an essay describing how “Energy Workers Make a World of Difference.”

The essay contest was conducted in targeted counties throughout Tennessee to address the impending workforce needs in the energy sectors.

Tennessee Energy, Industry and Construction Consortium partnered with Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council, Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Valley Authority and Gibson County Utility District for the contest.

Tennessee Energy, Industry and Construction Consortium is one of 25 state consortia nationwide.

Its mission is to build awareness of energy careers through strategic, statewide partnerships.

The collaborative efforts emphasize STEM educational pathways, which lead to high-demand career opportunities.

These are careers that require post-secondary training offered through apprenticeships that can result in diplomas, certifications, associate’s or advanced degrees.

Participating students also described the energy sectors that hire those positions and told if and why they might be interested in such careers.

The students were provided a video overview and reviewed the various energy careers, such as line worker, technician, power plant operator, pipefitter and engineer.

The regional Careers in Energy Week initiative for 2014 was the initial phase of an on-going project.

The partners plan to launch another round in other counties all across Tennessee. Eventually, these events are intended to culminate in a statewide proclamation for Careers in Energy Week.