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ComEd Developing Future STEM Leaders During Hispanic Heritage Month

ComEd Solar Spotlight program encourages Latino students to pursue STEM careers

CHICAGO (Sept. 17, 2019) - To help address the underrepresentation of Latino youth in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields, ComEd is bringing its Solar Spotlight program to high school students during Hispanic Heritage Month. Started in 2016, Solar Spotlight provides Hispanic teens with a solar energy-focused curriculum and hands-on activities that help them discover rewarding career opportunities in STEM.

Latinos comprise 11 percent of the Illinois workforce but only 5 percent of all STEM workers according to the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition.

"ComEd is committed to developing the workforce of the future by exposing youth to opportunities in STEM fields," said Joe Dominguez, CEO of ComEd. "Solar Spotlight gives students the chance to get hands on with solar technology with ComEd engineers and learn about their journeys to a STEM careers. We want them to consider all of their options as they get ready for their next step in life."

Nearly 70 high school students will participate in the educational sessions and interact with STEM professionals, including ComEd engineers and executives, to learn about solar energy and gain greater exposure to STEM careers. Students will get hands-on experience with solar energy technology and learn about STEM careers. Including this year's program, more than 200 students have participated in ComEd's Solar Spotlight for Hispanic Heritage Month.  

The ComEd Solar Spotlight program will also partner with Chicago's Runway Latinx, which showcases global Latinx designers, in mid-October in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

To learn more about the ComEd Solar Spotlight program, visit ComEd.com/SolarSpotlight.

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