The goal of Veterans to Energy is to foster a partnership among three critical sectors–military organizations, higher educational institutions, and California's utility industry–to facilitate the transition of service members into rewarding energy careers. This initiative involves education, outreach, and awareness components.
UC Davis will expand its relationships with military installations, veterans’ centers, and personnel in California and the Western Seaboard to broaden the reach of our education programs and insure that all interested veterans are able to take advantage of these offerings.
- We will build affiliations with military bases across the state and region to serve as a reference and point of contact for those interested in post-military careers in the energy industry, encourage a greater number of bases to implement the Skill Bridge training program, and highlight the opportunity to pursue a 4-year degree–or beyond–at UC Davis.
- To reach those that have already left the military, we will build connections with counties’ CalVet offices and the Veterans’ Services Centers at California Community Colleges with high numbers of student veterans.
The awareness component of the initiative will focus on ensuring that utility companies, and specifically hiring managers, understand the ways in which an individual’s military experience and training translate to the energy industry.
- We will work in conjunction with utility hiring managers and military personnel to create a handbook or reference sheet to help employers understand how existing skills an applicant received in the military will help their performance in a utility position.
- More generally, we will reach out to utility hiring managers to ensure they understand the strengths of typical veteran employees and accurately reflect those strengths in their hiring decisions.
Worked to Strengthen Services to the Military Student Population
One of the primary goals of the Office of Naval Research Collaboration is to increase educational opportunities for military students on campus. As it stands, UC Davis has a relatively small military student population and because of this, fairly limited resources for those students on campus. The EEI spearheaded an effort to increase collaboration and communication between the various offices and centers on campus who frequently serve military students in order to strengthen and expand these services wherever possible. As a part of this effort, the EEI has worked with Beth Broome, the Senior Advisor to the Provost on STEM Strategies and Earl Raehsler, Coordinator of the UC Davis Veteran Success Center, to find areas of overlap various campus initiatives and increasing the number of military students choosing to pursue degrees at UC Davis.
“The Energy and Efficiency Institute is working to build collaboration both internally and externally to strengthen education and career services for veterans and to promote careers in the energy field.”
Katherine Bannor is Program Manager for the Energy and Efficiency Institute where she manages the core research programs and projects of the Center. She is responsible for facilitating research, development, demonstration, and deployment activities; the strategic growth of key research areas; and stakeholder outreach and engagement. ...
Benjamin Finkelor is Executive Director of the UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute. Prior to joining the EEI, he served in a variety of roles within the clean technology sector, including director of business development for a local clean-energy start-up company, interim executive director for CleanStart (a ...
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