Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (BGE) hosted August 8 15 school-aged girls at its White Marsh Training Center. The girls are part of the National Association of Women in Construction’s (NAWIC’s) Mentoring a Girl in Construction (MAGIC) Camp which provides a supportive and nurturing environment for high school girls to explore the construction industry. The campers met successful female BGE field workers and had the opportunity for hands-on learning. Campers spliced cables, fused pipes to make hula hoops, learned utility pole climbing and watched electric and gas safety demonstrations during the day-long camp in White Marsh.
The young women had the exciting opportunity to learn and practice new skills in a gender neutral environment. The camp aims at developing greater self-confidence and more self-esteem by tackling and completing challenging projects. Campers learned the importance of working safely around electricity and natural gas while wearing construction industry attire: long pants, t-shirts, boots and hardhats.
“This camp is part of BGE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and introduces young ladies to women role models who have achieved success in our company,” said Doreen Hartley, BGE director of Regional Gas Operations. “Our hope is that these girls leave this camp with a greater belief in themselves and a sense of optimism in future career opportunities available to them at BGE and in the construction industry.”
BGE is dedicated to enhancing the success of women in the construction industry and expanding the pool of potential BGE employees.
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.