The education and technology initiatives we support help keep our communities vibrant and prepare the workforce of tomorrow.
Solar Spotlight is designed to expose high school students to opportunities in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Students will work with professionals to learn about solar energy and participate in experiments to measure the effect of light on solar panels. This year, students will build self-contained, solar-powered grow boxes designed to grow more than a pound of mushrooms each week. In building the boxes, students will learn about the hardware and software that power them, including a solar power component. They also will gain a better understanding of food deserts in Chicago and why certain communities are at a greater risk for them.
Rowe-Clark Math & Science Academy, the Exelon Campus of the Noble Network of Charter Schools, launched in the fall of 2007. Located in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, the school serves 600 9-12th grade students. RCA is making college a reality for low-income students at rates that far exceed both national and district averages. Over 300 students have graduated since 2011 with 75% of the 2014 class enrolling in 4-year colleges and 24% enrolling in 2-year colleges.
Visit the school website to learn more about the campus and partnership, as well as how to apply.
Energy Force is the country's first energy-efficiency education program designed for and taught by people with disabilities.
Meet Our Ambassadors
Presentations focus on the following energy-efficiency tips:
ComEd Energy Force Ambassadors belong to the following non-profit organizations:
For more information about the Energy Force Ambassador Program,
Since 2005, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago and Exelon-ComEd have partnered to deliver critical after-school services to nine Chicago Public School grammar and high schools committed to keeping students on track for graduation, improving course grades and building leadership and pro-social behaviors.
The Stay in School Initiative (View Press Release) brings new resources into communities experiencing some of the highest dropout rates in the city. Stay in School delivers a holistic menu of wrap-around services to 2,000 students annually, drawing in the students' families, building students' academic and career skills with corporate mentors, and keeps them on track for graduation and college. Exelon-ComEd employees volunteer to teach seven workshop- style Saturday classes at the Exelon-ComEd office in Chicago and mentor students as they gain confidence and explore their professional strengths, competing for future internship positions with the company. Over the last 8 years, Stay in School has served 14,560 students, ages 13-20. During the 2013-14 school year an additional 2,000 students will be served.