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Ceremony Held to Honor Mayor Bowser’s DC Infrastructure Week
WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 16, 2019) -- Washington Gas joined local DC officials to celebrate DC Infrastructure Week during a Wednesday ceremony hosted by the DC Infrastructure Academy (DCIA) facility based in Southeast, Washington, D.C. The event was designed to create awareness about the fast growth of the infrastructure industry, the range of services available at DCIA, and the program’s progress in generating career opportunities across many sectors including energy.
Washington Gas has been a sponsor and contributor to the DC Infrastructure Academy since its launch in March 2018, and continues to support the program’s aim to provide robust job opportunities to DC residents by conducting job training, and offering company resources and industry expertise. The program is an initiative led by Mayor Muriel Bowser and her administration that includes private sector partners such as Washington Gas for curriculum development and job skills training.
At the event, Washington Gas stood together with DC leaders including Arlen Herrell, Associate Director, DOES/DCIA, Dr. Unique N. Morris-Hughes, Director, D.C. Department of Employment Services, as well as Rashad Young, City Administrator, to highlight the initiative’s momentum, successes and milestones in building a brighter future for participants, including accomplishing qualified career job training for 750 residents. The partners pledged to maintain ongoing support of the program’s goal to shape the District’s workforce and create pathways to the middle class.
“With a 170-year history in the District of Columbia, Washington Gas is delighted to continue our collaboration with the DC Infrastructure Academy because it allows us to be a part of a stronger future for our hometown community,” said John O’Brien, Executive Vice President at Washington Gas “We applaud Mayor Bowser for her tireless determination in making this a success and delivering solid results. As a partner, Washington Gas is pleased to offer the tools, resources and expertise to help the program thrive, and to help build a pipeline for a well-qualified workforce to meet our needs.”
“The DC Infrastructure Academy trains DC residents for high-demand careers in the infrastructure industry,” said City Administrator Rashad Young. “Partnerships like our agreement with Washington Gas underscore the academy’s role and our commitment to ensure our residents are ready for these opportunities.”
“Since its opening, DCIA has provided services to more than 1,500 District residents,” said DOES Director Dr. Unique Morris-Hughes. “As we continue to expand on workforce training opportunities and career services offered at DCIA, we know how important our partnerships are with fellow District government agencies and the business community as they play a critical role in providing residents a fair shot towards economic prosperity.”
Washington Gas emphasized its dedication to supplier diversity when staffing pipeline infrastructure jobs in the District, and the demand from its contractors for employees capable of helping to replace and enhance aging infrastructure across the city, as among the reasons the DCIA is critical in establishing a pathway toward lasting and equitable jobs.
In a signing ceremony, Washington Gas sat with DCIA to renew its partnership agreement and reaffirm its dedication to continue advancing the program’s objectives by offering resources to drive workforce strategy, workforce development and overall program implementation.