How We're Supporting STEM Education - Pacific Power

Investing in the Workforce of Tomorrow

To help nurture the next generation of thinkers and doers, Pacific Power is making investments that will lead to stronger communities today and better opportunities for everyone tomorrow.

These investments begin with our consistent support of science, technology, engineering, arts and math education – STEAM – programs. Through our company initiatives and foundation grants, we partnered with over 360 nonprofit organizations and donated $636,000 across our service area in 2019.

Alongside these organizations, we’re determined to empower the next generation by creating and promoting hands-on, inclusive learning opportunities for children, teens and young adults. These curious minds will become our scientists, engineers and technicians who will help as we innovate clean energy and clean transportation solutions, our partners who’ll help us forge the grid of the future and the leaders who’ll help guide the growth of our communities.

Here are a handful of the programs we proudly support:

Keeping kids connected

When COVID-19 hit, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Shasta had to adjust to maintain its mission to be a supportive environment for kids to develop the skills and confidence to build great futures. With support from the Pacific Power Foundation, they provided virtual club education programs and nutritious food for kids in their community.

Students envision the future of electric transportation

Pacific Power partnered with the Construct Foundation for the Future of Oregon Transportation challenge. The 189 participating sixth-to-eighth graders from Bend, Dallas and other communities researched problems, interviewed experts and users and applied design-thinking principles to craft and prototype real-world electric mobility solutions that may someday transform their community’s transportation future.

Setting students up for success

With the help of volunteers and the Pacific Power Foundation, Dayton, Washington’s The Club provides a safe, fun place for community youth. This thriving after-school program offers an inclusive environment and programs that range from art, music and cooking to life skills and educational support, like their “Opening Books, Opening Doors” reading program that pairs an adult with a child for weekly reading.

Sailing towards a bright future

What happens when fifth- to seventh-grade learners of varying backgrounds and skill levels are given a unique, hands-on opportunity to put their STEAM lessons into real-world practice while building a sense of teamwork, perseverance and responsibility? Discover the Columbia Maritime Museum’s Miniboat Program and find out.

While delivering safe, affordable and reliable power to our communities is still our top priority, we always keep looking forward. From volunteer hours to financial contributions, Pacific Power is honored to support these efforts to keep future generations prepared to be the innovators, thinkers and doers that will be the backbone of the workforce of tomorrow.

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