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More Than 200 Students, Educators and Business Leaders Participated in Education and Business Partnership Program

April 10, 2014 - National Grid today hosted more than 200 local high school students, educators and area businesses at the company’s downtown Syracuse office for the fourth annual STEM Careers Day.

“STEM Careers Day is a great resource for students and National Grid employees to learn from one another and to help spark an interest in STEM careers,” said Melanie Littlejohn, National Grid regional executive of Central New York. “Today’s students are the future leaders of Central New York, the same individuals who will one day engineer and design the systems that will continue to help improve our lives in the years and decades ahead. Careers Day offers students and educators an opportunity to see what National Grid and other participating organizations do and how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics play a huge role in business every day.”

Hosted in conjunction with Partners for Education and Business (PEB) and the CNY STEM Hub, the event provided students and educators a unique opportunity to network at a career fair and learn more about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). A portion of the event, which has been a favorite among students, involved hands-on demonstrations that included radiation curing technologies, paper testing systems and architectural design. National Grid volunteers also provided tours of National Grid’s facility, several engineering departments and the company’s Transaction Delivery Centers.

“As the administrator of the CNY technology sector, PEB truly appreciates National Grid hosting today’s innovative STEM Careers Day,” said Joe Vargo, executive director, PEB. “In partnership with SRC Inc. and the CNY STEM Hub, we are helping to ‘spark’ awareness for students about the wide range of careers in technology and STEM. The event is also helping employers to connect with students, which is a key strategy of the technology sector to help companies grow their future workforce. We are also very excited about the launch of today.”

STEM Careers Day was also celebrated by the official launch of a new website developed through a collaboration between PEB, the CNY STEM Hub, National Grid, SRC Inc. and other area businesses. The site will provide students and professionals with a resource to continue to engage one another and learn about STEM careers outside of organized events like STEM Careers Day. The website will also serve as a portal of STEM-related information and an online tool for students, parents, educators and businesses.

STEM Careers Day is part of a larger PEB Spark Program, which is a career education and workforce development strategy that focuses on five key industry sectors in CNY —advanced manufacturing, agribusiness/food production, clean energy/environmental systems, financial and professional services and technology. The initiative connects local businesses and students to introduce and encourage careers in these sectors. The technology sector, led by SRC Inc., helps to increase student awareness of careers in STEM; supports students to be better prepared for the workforce through career exploration activities, training and certifications; and provides professional development experiences for science, technology, engineering and math teachers.

“SRC realizes the importance of promoting STEM to encourage students to explore the great career opportunities CNY has to offer in various technical fields,” said Paul Tremont, president of SRC Inc. “We are committed to being an active leader and part of the team that helps create excitement that will result in a well-trained workforce for the future.”

In New York state, STEM skills have stayed in demand even through the economic downturn. According to Change the Equation, a national not-for-profit organization that advocates for improved STEM education, there are approximately 1.7 jobs for every one unemployed STEM-educated worker, compared with only one non-STEM job for every 3.6 unemployed workers.

“The STEM Careers Day and leadership forum foster our common goal of creating awareness, promoting involvement and celebrating the successes of several efforts,” said Donna DeSiato, chair of the CNY STEM Hub. “Thanks to the collaborative efforts of business, industry, higher education and school districts, the youth of Central New York are receiving an education that will help them prepare for future STEM careers.”

About CNY STEM Hub

The Central New York STEM Hub, a regional branch of the Empire State STEM Learning Network, strives to design and incubate educational models of excellence empowering all PK-20 students to excel in a rapidly changing world. The leader of the CNY STEM Hub is Dr. Donna DeSiato, Superintendent of the East Syracuse-Minoa School District. The CNY STEM Hub’s mission is to interconnect business, higher education, community organizations and PK-20 schools to design, develop and demonstrate innovative, sustainable and transferable STEM learning experiences.

About National Grid

National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE:NGG) is an electricity and gas company that connects consumers to energy sources through its networks. The company is at the heart of one of the greatest challenges facing our society - to create new, sustainable energy solutions for the future and developing an energy system that underpins economic prosperity in the 21st century. National Grid holds a vital position at the center of the energy system and it ‘joins everything up’.

In the northeast US, we connect more than seven million gas and electric customers to vital energy sources, essential for our modern lifestyles. In Great Britain, we run the gas and electricity systems that our society is built on, delivering gas and electricity across the country.

National Grid delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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About Partners for Education and Business

PEB, in its 20th year, was created by education and business leaders as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the workforce preparation needs of both education and business. PEB develops connecting activities that would enhance the career education and skill development of the future workforce while understanding and promoting the skill requirements of regional employers.

About SRC, Inc.

SRC, Inc. formerly Syracuse Research Corporation, is a not-for-profit research and development company with more than 55 years of experience in defense, environment and intelligence. SRCTec, its subsidiary, offers manufacturing and lifecycle support for complex electronics systems. Through innovation in science, technology and information, SRC is redefining possible® – helping keep America safe and strong. The company works with the customer for the best solution – not the bottom line – resulting in nationally significant, next-generation products and services.

SRC has been recognized as a “best company to work for” in New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia and nationally by FORTUNE magazine. The company employs more than 1,000 people in 15 offices throughout Colorado, Maine, Maryland, New York, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. For more information, visit