El Paso Electric (EPE) today received the 2017 Local Employer of Excellence Award by Workforce Solutions Borderplex Inc. at the 21st Annual Texas Workforce Commission Conference held in Dallas, Texas. This award is a recognition of EPE’s substantial work within our community; including work with the Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) STEAM program, the “Young Achievers Forum” at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), where 1,000 students visit the campus and learn about Business Technology, the STEAM fields, and Fine Arts.
“We are very honored to receive this recognition, and excited about continuing to contribute to the success of our region,” said Mary Kipp, President and Chief Executive Officer of El Paso Electric. “As the local electric company, our over 1,100 employees demonstrate the dedication we all have to making sure ours is a thriving community full of opportunity for students and professionals.”
EPE has partnered with UTEP and New Mexico State University to offer internships for college students year-round, and many of these students are hired as employees upon completing their studies. In addition, EPE offers Summer High School and College Internships, in which high school juniors and college students studying out of town get the opportunity to work in a department within the company and learn about the utility business while completing a corporate social responsibility initiative. Additionally, EPE’s Human Resources department is involved with local high schools and regional colleges to provide students with resume building and interview workshops, which helps them prepare for their future professions. EPE is also a proud sponsor of the United Service Organizations (USO), and Hiring Our Heroes, which helps to provide a wide variety of career opportunities for soldiers who are transitioning out of the military.
About the Local Employer of Excellence Award
The Local Employer of Excellence Award honors one private-sector employer in each local workforce development area whose efforts and initiatives, in relationship with the Texas workforce system, had a positive effect on other employers, workers, and the community. The award recognizes one employer who, as a customer of and collaborator with the Workforce Development Board (WDB), created or used innovative approaches to support the Texas workforce system’s goal of ensuring that both employers and workers have the resources and skills Texas needs to remain competitive.