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Workforce and Special Projects, Allison T.

Four generation of workers are currently in the workplace – with Millennials (those born after 1980) being the fastest growing age segment in the workforce today. Millennials are known as the most technologyLocal governmentsavvy generation, with technology being integrated into their everyday lives. Allegheny Conference on Community Development, Workforce and Special Projects Allison T. shares her perspective on the importance of replacing an aging workforce and engaging and teaching a new generation of workers.

“As a large proportion of our region’s working population approaches retirement, it is important to inject youth back into our workforce. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education appeals to these younger workers, and Columbia Gas has emphasized this form of training.

At its training center, Columbia Gas places greater visibility on STEM careers, using computer simulations to reach a younger, technology-minded generation. Virtual training is beneficial as it engages workers with hands-on exercises and provides them with realistic scenarios in a safe environment.

It is crucial to learn safety principles at an early age, and Columbia Gas is embedding these values into the daily life of its employees, creating a safety conscious workforce.

In addition to investing in younger employees, the Company reequips veteran workers with the skills needed to further their careers. Columbia Gas also provides our first responders a chance to utilize training center features, truly showing that this is an investment for our community for the years to come.”

The Allegheny Conference on Community Development aims to strengthen our region’s communities through improving economic development, attracting career opportunities and investing in transportation and infrastructure systems. For more information, visit alleghenyconference.org.