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Careers in Energy

Nicor Gas Career Academy
Nicor Gas Career Academy 

The Nicor Gas Career Academy is another way to ensure the workforce is ready to build the future of energy.

With a need to hire job-ready candidates, Nicor Gas and the Quad County Urban League launched the Nicor Gas Career Academy – a six-week job-readiness program designed to prepare participants for entry level work in the utility industry, with a focus on natural gas. The workforce development program is provided at no cost to participants. 

About the Academy

Nicor Gas has completed two Career Academy cohorts in 2018 and 2019 and is looking to find the next talented group that will help us build the future of energy. Learn More >> 


June 2019

Nicor Career Academy Graduates


The program was launched with the help of NPL Construction Co. curriculum focused on natural gas operations training, but also integrated core math concepts, safety, technology and employability skills, as well as personal and professional development. Fifteen of the 21 program participants were extended job offers by Nicor Gas and NPL upon completion of the six-week program.


November 2019

Nicor Gas Career Academy

Realizing the need for a skilled workforce in the natural gas industry and the value of the Career Academy, the program grew with contractor partners KS Energy and INTREN. By the end of second cohort, three of the grads had already been extended offers with Nicor Gas and more continue to interview in positions with our program partners.



Meet the Grads


Virginia Handley

Career Academy Grad

“This isn’t preparation for a job – this is preparation for a career. There are endless opportunities and so many different jobs and career paths that you can follow at Nicor Gas.” – Virginia Handley, Nicor Gas meter reader and 2018 Career Academy alum


Wesley Strickland

Career Academy Grad

“From the benefits and stability that it brings and the culture – I feel like it’s family working at Nicor Gas. I enjoy coming to work every day.” – Wesley Strickland, Nicor Gas meter reader and 2018 Career Academy alum


Bendarius King

Career Academy Grad

“This is a life-changing event if you’re ready for it – don’t go in without being ready to make sacrifices. You don’t have to be brave, but you have get started to be brave.” – Bendarius King, Nicor Gas Meter Modernization contractor and 2018 Career Academy alum