Career Communications Group Addresses Diversity In Energy Industry
By Imani Carter
Jun 27, 2014, 09:00
Career Communications Group, publisher of US Black Engineer and Information Technology, Hispanic Engineer and Information Technology, and Women of Color magazines, will partner with Morgan State University's Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering to host the 2014 Minorities in Energy Week: Opportunities in the New Energy Economy, which is scheduled to take place September 29-October 2, 2014 at Morgan State University.
Attracting more students and professionals in various energy fields is critical. According to the American Petroleum Institute, “1.5 percent of African-Americans in four year colleges are getting degrees associated with the energy industry.” As the industry steadily enhances, the potential for African American success in energy fields is increasing. “By 2020, it is projected that 500,000 jobs will be created in the upstream oil and natural gas sector alone,” the organization reported.
“The greatest challenge we face in assuring that underrepresented communities have access to these job opportunities will be producing and maintaining strong STEM programs that will actively engage minorities’ interest and expose underrepresented students to successful minorities in STEM industries who now hold high-level, executive positions,” CEO of Career Communications Group Tyrone Taborn said.
For underrepresented students to successfully obtain a career in energy, it is essential that they graduate with STEM degrees. Important resources for developing new talent are the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). According to Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE), about one-third of African American graduates in science and engineering are produced by HBCUs, and one quarter of PhD recipients in Science and Engineering received their undergraduate from an HBCU.
Taborn believes that HBCUs and industry partnerships will promote minorities’ interest in energy and will significantly increase the numbers of students in this industry.
“The 2014 Minorities in Energy Week: Opportunities in the New Energy Economy continues our efforts and supports the Department of Energy’s mission to “empower, equip, and prepare businesses, communities, schools and individuals to partake in the technical procurement, engagement, workforce, and energy literacy resources,”” Taborn said.
Career Communications Group’s Minorities in Energy week initiative will include information about energy platforms, covering fossil, nuclear, efficiency and renewable energy systems as it pertains to communities with a special focus on underrepresented groups. This will include a continuous dialogue with employers, federal agencies, educators and students. The program will be filled with a host of seminars led by noteworthy speakers and will end with the Leaders in the New Energy Economy luncheon.
About Career Communications Group, Inc.
Career Communications Group (CCG) is the leader in celebrating diversity and promoting equal opportunity in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). CCG provides leadership in talent management and career development, enabling employers to recruit, retain, and recognize highly qualified students and professionals.
About the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering
Led by its Dean, Dr. Eugene M. DeLoatch, The Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. School of Engineering offers educational programs which ensure that students acquire the ability to master fundamental principles of engineering which may be applied effectively to benefit society.