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Careers in Energy


Full of energy? So are we. 

The Nicor Gas Career Academy is another way to ensure the workforce is ready to build the future of energy.

With a need to hire job-ready candidates, Nicor Gas, together with NPL Construction Co. and the Quad County Urban League, launched the Nicor Gas Career Academy – a six-week job-readiness program designed to prepare participants for entry-level work in the utility industry, with a focus on natural gas. In 2019, the program grew with contractor partners KS Energy and INTREN. The workforce development program is provided at no cost to participants.

Our next cohort is anticipated to begin spring-summer 2020.


2018

Nicor Gas Career Academy



June 2019

Nicor Gas Career Academy


November 2019

Nicor Career Academy Graduates



Meet the Grads


Virginia Handley

Career Academy Grad

“This isn’t preparation for a job – this is preparation for a career. There are endless opportunities and so many different jobs and career paths that you can follow at Nicor Gas.” – Virginia Handley, Nicor Gas meter reader and 2018 Career Academy alum


Wesley Strickland

Career Academy Grad

“From the benefits and stability that it brings and the culture – I feel like it’s family working at Nicor Gas. I enjoy coming to work every day.” – Wesley Strickland, Nicor Gas meter reader and 2018 Career Academy alum


Bendarius King

Career Academy Grad

“This is a life-changing event if you’re ready for it – don’t go in without being ready to make sacrifices. You don’t have to be brave, but you have get started to be brave.” – Bendarius King, Nicor Gas Meter Modernization contractor and 2018 Career Academy alum