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Skaneateles high students participate 'Engineering pipeline program'

Four students from Skaneateles High School were among 20 scholars from Syracuse-area schools who participated in the competitive "Engineering Pipeline Program" at National Grid, the centerpiece of the company's global "Engineering Our Future" initiative designed to inspire youth and attract and develop engineers for tomorrow's workforce. The four are Rory Callahan, Elyce Buell, Spencer Parker and Chase Turose. Only 50 students across National Grid's U.S. territory were selected to participate in the program.

National Grid's "Engineering Pipeline Program" offers high school and college students the chance to learn more about National Grid and the engineering profession through a structured six-year program. Engineering Pipeline Scholars will gain exposure to the engineering industry through classroom instruction, site visits, research and projects.

"We recognize that there is a looming shortage of engineers needed to build the next generation of energy delivery systems, smart grids, and other emerging high-tech systems, so increasing the engineering workforce is an imperative not only for National Grid but for our entire industry," said Kathy Lyford, vice president of electric operations for National Grid's central division. "We are very impressed with the work of the Syracuse class, and we look forward to continuing to nurture their interest in engineering over the next six years."

Highlights of the Pipeline program

Opportunities for paid internships, mentoring, job shadowing and social networking activities. Once accepted into the program, the scholars must maintain a 3.3 GPA in college, pursue an engineering degree and participate in ongoing Pipeline program activities in order to be considered for fast-track employment with National Grid.

National Grid worked with colleges, universities and organizations in the company's service area to identify students to participate in the Pipeline program. Applicants must have completed their junior year of high school, have an average grade of 87, provide evaluations from two teachers and submit a 250-word essay illustrating their desire to learn about engineering.

About National Grid

National Grid is an international energy delivery company. In the U.S., National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island, and manages the electricity network on Long Island under an agreement with the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA). It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers.

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