Illuminating Energy Pathways

With support from the Illinois Science and Energy Innovation Foundation, the Chicago Learning Exchange is leading Energizing Opportunities, an innovative project to illuminate learning pathways to careers in the electrical utilities and solar industries for high school-age youth.

Blog Posts:
08.17.2021 - Energizing Chicago's Young Adults

Program Overview

ProjectDescription_IlluminatingEnergyPathways_ Updated 2152021


Smart Grid for Schools

This brochure provides a description of what a SMART Grid is; while giving instructions on how to obtain one from the Center of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Illinois State University.

Construction Worker Job Description- ComEd

This one pager provides an overview of what is required to apply for the entry level position of a Construction Worker at ComEd.

ComEd Brochure

An overview of ComEd

Dawson Technical Institute of Kennedy-King

This brochure provides an oversight on the Overhead Electrical Line Worker courses and requirements.

WBEZ: The Manufacturing Mismatch

This article speaks on the manufacturing companies need for workers and Chicago's inability to link capable worker the manufacturing industry.

Spotlight on the Chicago Learning Exchange

This article speaks to the efforts CLX has been making with ISEIF.

Empowering Designs - Video Library

Dean Lucretzia Jamison, Dawson Technical Institute- Kennedy King College

Dean Jamison.mp4

In this video Dean Jamison of Dawson Technical Institute- Kennedy King is speaking to the importance of adequately representing the trades and how opportunities can be missed due to the way trades are marketed.

Alex George, Work-Based Learning Specialist at

Chicago Public Schools-Career Technology Education


In this video, Alex George a Work-Based Learning Specialist at Chicago Public Schools-Career Technology Education (CTE) speaks on his engagement with Illuminating Energy Pathways and how students benefited. He also speaks on CTE’s plan for outreach and expansion of Energizing Opportunities to other CPS Engineering teachers & students.

2019's Evaluation

Illuminating Energy Pathways Program_ Energizing Opportunities Final Report.pdf