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Cheyney University Hosts Philadelphia Chapter of American Association of Blacks in Energy

March 26, 2012

Cheyney University President Michelle Howard-Vital and Eric Almonte hosted the Philadelphia Chapter of American Association of Blacks in Energy on Tuesday, March 27 in Carnegie Hall.  The Cheyney University participants included Dr. Eva Sakkar, Rev. Morris, Larry Green, Dean Bernadette Carter, Rev. Morris and Heidi Wood-Tucker as well as students.

Cathy Wrede, HR Consultant from PJM Interconnection of Norristown, PA, discussed the membership-based company which serves as a regional energy broker. The profit-neutral company has 700 members and employs 600.  They offer as many as 100 internships and coop positions each year to students specializing in IT, engineering and Wrede noted that they hire graduates with varying background including engineering, finance, business, technology, legal and environmental.   

The American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) is a national association of energy professionals
founded and dedicated to ensure the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policies, regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues. Our membership of more than 1600 professionals represents every sector of the energy industry. With more than 35 chapters located in states, metropolitan areas and college campuses around the country they use the expertise of our members to analyze energy policy and serve as a resource for community leaders, consumers, policymakers and regulators on the impact that these policies have on underrepresented communities.

AABE has an annual conference which offers networking and professional development opportunities for people of color. AABE also provides Scholarships and Awards including scholarships annually to outstanding minority students who plan to pursue higher education in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)  and matches scholarship recipients with mentors who provide guidance in areas such as work load prioritization, career planning, internships and advice on college transitional challenges.