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Army Reserve, Center for Energy Workforce Development Preparing Soldiers for Energy Jobs.

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The Center for Energy Workforce Development and the U.S. Army Reserve are teaming up to help reservists and returning servicemen and women pursue careers in the energy industry.

The collaboration was made official last week with the signing of a memorandum of understanding by the leaders of the two organizations.

Formed in March 2006, the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD) is a non-profit consortium of electric, natural gas and nuclear utilities and their associations - Edison Electric Institute, American Gas Association, Nuclear Energy Institute, and National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Ralph Izzo, head of CEWD and chairman, president and CEO of New Jersey-based PSEG, said that the timing of the collaboration is good. "With older workers retiring and utility work demands multiplying exponentially, opportunities for careers within the energy industry are expanding."

"We must have skilled workers for those jobs, and we know that military careers produce skilled workers," Izzo said.

Added Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, Chief, Army Reserve and Commanding General, U.S. Army Reserve Command, "Even in the current economic situation we still have a lot of employers out there that are calling us every day. What employers are telling us is when they hire a Reserve Soldier, they don't just get an employee, they get somebody that has a great work ethic, that has integrity, that has loyalty, that has dedication, and the productivity goes up. So it's a win-win situation for both of us now."

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