For Immediate Release: November 4, 2019

SMUD hosts high school students considering career paths

Part of “Careers in Public Service” for students to experience public sector career possibilities

SMUD will host nearly 100 students from John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento on November 8 to explore career opportunities they might consider as they approach graduation.

SMUD’s event is part of the second annual Youth in Government Day. The event is organized by Innovative Pathways to Public Service (IPPS), which is a collaboration between public sector employers in the Sacramento region. SMUD has been participating with IPPS on a number of activities the past few years.

During the first two weeks of November, public sector employers will highlight careers to local high school students. SMUD is one of several public sector employers involved. “We hope to have many other opportunities to showcase the important work we do and how young people can make a difference,” said Susan Wheeler, SMUD’s Workforce Outreach Coordinator. “SMUD will bring current interns who work here, as well as former interns who now have jobs at SMUD,” said Wheeler.

Civics education and public sector career awareness is the goal for Careers in Public Sector Day. Both Placer and Sacramento Counties have teamed up with local school districts to provide opportunities to young people to learn about structure and functions of the county and the diverse array of careers.

Innovative Pathways to Public Service is a cross-sector collaborative of organizations focused on youth and workforce development. It is composed of leadership from education (K-12, community college and universities), workforce development, municipal and state government agencies, and regional community and business partners that want to align efforts for more intentional, effective pathways into public service.