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To support its mission of exploring, inspiring and educating its community about renewable energy advocacy opportunities, C4EE will welcome high school students to its campus Friday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 460 Airport Road in Roanoke Rapids for a clean energy career fair.

The free event will showcase the range of available jobs and professions within the ever evolving and fast-growing clean energy domain.

“The Center for Energy Education wants to demonstrate to our local young adults that workplace options in the renewable energy space are vast and wide open,” said Whitney Sessoms, workforce and education manager. “We hope to convince our visitors that there are numerous, solid opportunities for each of them to pursue upon graduation.” 

Juniors and seniors from public and private schools in Halifax, Northampton, Warren, Bertie, Washington and Hertford counties, as well as those in Greensville County have been invited to visit tables of participating renewable energy representatives. 

“We want to foster a clean energy conversation because these kids are the catalyst to inspiring change,” said Mozine Lowe, C4EE’s executive director. “This gathering will encourage them to explore a number of paths that demonstrate not only their potential to improve their livelihoods but also to strengthen their communities.” 

Clean energy industry companies include Geenex Solar, EDF Renewables, BayWa r.e. and Strata Clean Energy. Other companies include Duke Energy, Dominion Energy as well as Blue Ridge Power, Halifax Electric Cooperative and Roanoke Electric Cooperative. 

Educational partners include Halifax Community College, Edgecombe Community College and Roanoke-Chowan Community College as well as Appalachian State University, NC Wesleyan University, Fayetteville State University, and Elizabeth City State University. 

Clean energy allies include the NC Sustainable Energy Association; the Research Institute for Environment, Energy and Economics; the ECU Center for Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engineering and the American Forest Foundation, among others. 

Community partners include ECU Health North, NCWorks, the Halifax County Health Department and Holden Temporaries. The USDA will also be present.

Clean energy assets – electric vehicles, wind turbines and weather stations – will be on display to highlight the range of available options and tools for renewable energy job opportunities.

In addition, C4EE’s student ambassadors, the Radiant Rays, will showcase their experience as climate change and social justice champions. 

As representatives of the center’s Empowering Young Women in Solar internship program that began last summer, they will share examples of their year-long commitment to equity and environmental justice. The current cohort will leave their posts in August when they pursue new educational journeys.

“As clean energy peers, we’re proud advocates of environmental and social issues, especially within our state’s low-income, rural northeastern counties, and we’ll continue our work to lead our community in untold capacities,” said Halifax County Early College senior Janine Williams. “We’re excited about the new class of diverse females from Halifax, Northampton and Warren counties who will assume our roles.”

EDF Renewables will offer scholarship opportunities for which the visiting high school students may apply, added Lowe.

“This onsite career fair provides our region’s students a one-on-one opportunity to network among a diverse circle of educational and workforce resources located nearby or across the state,” said Lowe. “They can ask questions to learn about the qualifications, skills and talents to potentially launch their futures within clean energy, climate change and social justice fields.”