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Mobile Gas Give Students a Peek at Their Future

Posted September 25, 2014
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Mobile, Ala. – More than ten thousand eighth grade students received a high-level overview of what it’s like to work in the natural gas industry, courtesy of Mobile Gas. The Sempra U.S. Gas & Power utility in southwest Alabama recently participated in the area’s largest career expo for middle school students.

The South Alabama Workforce Development Council hosted the Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo at the Mobile Civic Center September 24 – 25, 2014. The organization partnered with companies ranging from healthcare, communications, and tourism to aviation and energy, to name a few. The goal was to expose youth to local career opportunities that they may want to pursue someday.

“What we have found is that students as young as 12 years old are already starting to think about what kind of career they would like to have when they get older,” said Kesshia Davis, director of community relations for Mobile Gas. “Mobile Gas provides the students with valuable insight, including the education qualifications needed to obtain a particular position and starting salary ranges. These are real-world expectations that students can learn about early on so there are no surprises later.”

Students were educated on the academic requirements for various positions, including ones that require two- and four-year college degrees, as well as ones that require the completion of an apprentice program or a technical certification. Mobile Gas also made representatives available to talk about their day-to-day duties in the fields of marketing, engineering, meter reading, construction and service.

“The Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo is just like peeking into the window of the future,” said Elizabeth Ripp, human resources generalist for Mobile Gas. “We are providing students with the tools and resources that are needed to plan early so they can be prepared for the workforce.”

Mobile Gas has participated in the Worlds of Opportunity Career Expo for five years. Seventy-eight public and private schools from across southwest Alabama attended the event.

Mobile Gas is a natural gas utility serving approximately 89,000 residential, commercial and Industrial Customers in southwest Alabama. The company operates primarily in Mobile County serving the cities of Mobile, Saraland, Satsuma, Chickasaw, Bayou La Batre, Creola, Mt. Vernon, Semmes and Prichard. Mobile Gas also operates a small section of distribution pipeline in the cities of Spanish Fort and Loxley in Baldwin County, east of Mobile.