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News Release
Media Advisory: Join rural students as they celebrate, explore electrical careers through pre-apprenticeship and new "Learn and Earn" mobile units - 02/22/24


Media Hotline: 503-813-6018


Join rural students as they celebrate, explore electrical careers through pre-apprenticeship and new “Learn and Earn” mobile units

Thursday, Feb. 29, 1 p.m. 


Media are invited to capture photos, video and interviews with students at Glide High School during an in-school event to celebrate the Rural Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship, which is expanding to serve high schools throughout Douglas, Josephine, Jackson, Lake and Klamath counties. View renderings of new 50-foot-long “Learn and Earn” mobile education units that will deliver the pre-apprenticeship to dozens of schools starting this fall. Then visit students as they work on projects that will prepare them for well-paying electrical careers after high school.



Thursday. Feb. 29, 2023, 1 p.m. 

1-1:30 p.m. — student assembly 

1:30-3 p.m. — visit students in class


Interview opportunities:


  • 11th- and 12th-grade students recently involved in the pre-apprenticeship
  • Coby Pope, 2023 Glide High graduate who completed the high school pre-apprenticeship, now employed by Pacific Power
  • Jake Pedersen, instructor, Crater Lake Electrical Training Center
  • Loren Shaw, Glide High School science teacher 
  • Jeff Brown, Director, Hydro South, North Umpqua Hydroelectric Project, Pacific Power
  • Nick Carpenter, business manager, IBEW Local 659 



Glide High School, 18990 N Umpqua Hwy, Glide, Oregon

Directions: Parking is available at front of the school. Please check in at office and we’ll lead you to the gym.



Without family connections, many rural students aren’t exposed to potential careers as electricians in energy and other industries. Through support for the Rural Electrical Pre-Apprenticeship, Pacific Power, the Pacific Power Foundation and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 659 are removing barriers to opportunity, strengthening the local schools that are preparing students from diverse backgrounds to succeed in energy-related careers, and developing the next generation of electrical workers.



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