SMUD Continues Its Commitment to Veterans
Training, outreach and family support are the focus of organization and employee efforts
SMUD’s more than 100 veterans agree: SMUD’s board of directors, executives and employees make supporting veterans a priority.
To help veterans transition into the workforce, SMUD human resources representatives and members of SMUD’s Military, Veteran and Reservist Employee Resource Group (Military ERG) are active in regional career events focused on those who have served. This year SMUD has helped support the Honor a Hero, Hire a Vet Job and Resource Fair, UC Davis Veterans Networking Day, Post 911 Job Fair at the Army Reserve Center and the Travis Air Force Base Career/Education Fair.
SMUD has been a strong supporter of the regional PowerPathway™ job-training program led by Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency (SETA) and American River College. Since 2011, SMUD has provided groups of participants training in the areas of line work, substation, telecom and more. SMUD has hired seven employees to date through this program.
“Veterans have skills and experience that are extremely valuable to us,” said SMUD Chief Energy Delivery Officer Frankie McDermott. “By supporting local efforts to help veterans transition to the civilian workforce, we’re strengthening our community and helping build a pipeline for future employees.”
The Military ERG has also taken a very active role in supporting employee veterans, and veterans and their families in the community. This year the ERG participated in a Habitat for Humanity of Greater Sacramento project to help improve the home of a widow of a local Air Force veteran. On October 21, eight SMUD Military ERG members spent their morning landscaping and doing outdoor improvements at the home.
The employee-run group has also organized SMUD’s participation in the city of Sacramento’s 7th Annual Veterans Day Parade at the Capitol Mall tomorrow. The group expects approximately 100 SMUD employees, family members and friends to participate—along with a SMUD bucket truck.
The ERG also organized a “Chow Hall Breakfast” yesterday where they recognized SMUD’s current veterans. Employee veterans enjoyed their breakfast on the house.
Veterans who would like to learn more about working for SMUD can visit smud.org/careers and click on “Military Outreach.”