SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Sonoma Raceway will join forces to play hosts to the second Military Career Day at the Raceway during this year’s Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend on June 24. The event will include a jobs workshop, panel discussion and a three-hour career fair featuring more than 40 Bay Area companies.
The Career Day is open to all active military, National Guard, reserve members, veterans and military spouses. The Career Day events will have a special focus on non-traditional opportunities for female veterans and military spouses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and skilled trades in energy, technology and motorsports. The event will be held in a hospitality chalet located above Turn 7 of the road course from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The first 200 Career Day participants will be admitted free to the raceway on June 24. They’ll also receive two reserved seat tickets to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on June 26. Job seekers must pre-register on the Sonoma Raceway website.
Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a career-building workshop that will concentrate on resume building and how to succeed in job interviews. The workshop will also include a panel discussion featuring female veterans who’ve successfully transitioned into civilian positions and women thriving in STEM-related professions. Employers participating in the Career Day are from various fields including the utility, health care, law enforcement and chemical industries.
“We’re proud to be able to help veterans build successful long-term careers when transitioning back to civilian life. Sponsoring the second Military Career Day at Sonoma Raceway is part of our continuing support of veterans,” said PG&E Vice President of Talent Management and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Laura Butler.
PG&E and Its Long-Standing Support of Veterans
PG&E’s backing of veterans dates back to World War I. The company has a strong commitment to veterans, as evidenced by its “1,000 Careers Project,” a long-term program with the goal of hiring 1,000 veterans into PG&E careers over the next eight years. In addition:
- POWERPATHWAY™: This energy industry training program has received praise from Vice President Joe Biden, who visited a group of veterans training for gas operations positions in 2015. The program debuted in 2008 as a way to develop the next generation of the utility industry workforce. Over the last eight years, nearly 800 have graduated—including 400 veterans. PowerPathway recently completed a new program with transitioning military personnel, graduated its first active service member last year and held its first direct-to-hire class for customer service representatives.
- EMPLOYER SUPPORT OF THE GUARD AND RESERVE: PG&E has received numerous honors from the ESGR, a Department of Defense office that develops and maintains employer support for National Guard and Reserve service. In 2015, the company received the Above and Beyond Award, acknowledging employers who’ve gone beyond the legal requirements of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Act.
- MILITARY TIMES: For the first time in the seven-year history of the list, PG&E was named as one of the “Best for Vets: Employers” in 2016.
- TOP-100 MILITARY FRIENDLY EMPLOYER: PG&E has been recognized for four straight years as a Top-100 Military Friendly Employer by G.I. Jobs Magazine. In addition, the company was named in 2015 for the first time as a Military Spouse Friendly Employer by Military Spouse Magazine.
- FARADAY AWARD: PG&E received this award during the 18th annual Electric Power Conference for their work in successfully connecting, employing and engaging veterans to become long-term employees in the power industry.
- WORKING WITH VETERAN BUSINESSES: Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises (DVBE) are major business partners with PG&E. The company spent an all-time high of $155 million with DVBEs in 2015. The DVBE spend was part of a record $2.5 billion spend with diverse suppliers last year.
- VETERANS EMPLOYEE RESOURCE GROUP: This group was established in 2011. The organization’s goal is to educate, support and develop PG&E employees with military experience, as well as their supporters. Now in its sixth year, more than 1,100 employees have joined the group.
About Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
WHAT: Toyota/Save Mart 350
WHEN: June 24-26
2015 POLE WINNER: AJ Allmendinger (JTG Daugherty Racing)
2015 WINNER: Kyle Busch (Joe Gibbs Racing)
NOTABLE: The weekend also features Great Clips Fast Friday NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and Chevys Fresh Mex 200 NASCAR West practice sessions and the Chevys Fresh Mex 200 NASCAR Pro Series West race on Saturday.
TICKETS/INFORMATION: 800-870-RACE (7223), www.sonomaraceway.com or ticketmaster.com
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.