Careers in Energy
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 >>
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.
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
“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
“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
“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