As the world’s electric power industry rapidly evolves to accommodate dramatic changes including renewable energy and the need for system integration, Black & Veatch is searching for tomorrow’s young talent who can help develop innovative solutions in the company’s growing global transmission business. And it’s granting scholarships at four regional universities and colleges to make it happen.
Looking to expedite the pipeline of future problem-solvers, the Black & Veatch Foundation is underwriting targeted scholarships at Pittsburg (Kansas) State University, the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Johnson County (Kansas) Community College and Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, Missouri. The schools were chosen both for their interest and track record in delivering qualified, aspiring design technology and technician candidates who can support the company’s global transmission needs.
The financial assistance extends the collaboration between Black & Veatch and secondary education, with many of the schools with which the company has engaged already having aligned core power electrical course content to cater to Black & Veatch’s transmission business. Pittsburg State, for example, has offered a power course that includes Black & Veatch substation design training concepts.
“Our professionals innovate, create and find new solutions to challenging problems involving the world’s critical infrastructure, so we’re thrilled about this opportunity to help open new doors to talent not only for our business but for everyone’s betterment,” said Mario Azar, president of Black & Veatch’s power business.
Clark Shaver, associate professor in electronics engineering technology at Pittsburg State, said that in terms of the engineering talent at that school, “Black & Veatch has recognized their value by hiring many graduates and interns for many years.”
Noting that one of the most significant obstacles facing students who desire a college education is cost, Dr. Ronnie Rollins, chairman for UCM’s School of Technology, said, “The Black & Veatch scholarship will allow students to pursue a degree in engineering technology with minimal debt while gaining practical work experience.”
Calling Black & Veatch a valued partner for Johnson County Community College for more than three decades, JCCC President Andy Bowne said the scholarships mark the latest collaboration “to build a strong, highly skilled local workforce” and “help ensure area students have access – and the financial resources they may need – to earn a degree and pursue careers in high-demand fields.”