Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is contributing $1 million in local workforce development and educational initiatives in the San Joaquin County area.
The utility company recently announced it will donate the half the funding to the Stockton Scholars program, and the other half will go to New Energy Venture Academy and other initiatives. The academy focuses on providing students with educations that support careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“For Stockton to succeed, our young people must succeed. However, the cost of higher education is expensive and can prevent some of our students from reaching their goals,” said Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs. “Stockton Scholars was created with the belief that talent is universal, but opportunity is not.”
Tubbs went on to say that Stockton Scholars is committed to getting rid of the financial barriers preventing students from receiving those seemingly unattainable higher-education goals.
“I am grateful for the support of PG&E and their commitment to the future of our youth and the future of Stockton,” Tubbs said.
PG&E employees will also volunteer time to help promote career awareness.
The utility company said money would help create opportunities.
“Education is the foundation for building a career and strengthening our communities,” said Travis Kiyota, vice president of California External Affairs for PG&E. “PG&E wants to support students by helping ensure there’s money for college or career training, and that these students have someone to turn to for questions, support and encouragement. We succeed through collaboration and are proud to partner with Stockton Scholars to help create opportunity.”