8/1/2019
Boys & Girls Club Members Learn at Indiana Michigan Power Facility

(News release from Boys & Girls Club of Fort Wayne and Indiana Michigan Power)

Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne practiced how to safely walk on ice, were elevated in a bucket truck, learned about electricity and more in a visit to Indiana Michigan Power’s training facility Thursday.

The annual visit is part of a partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs and I&M to offer students in grades 4-6 the opportunity to further their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. Safety – not just around electricity but in all facets of life – is a major theme.

More than a dozen Boys & Girls Clubs participants spent the afternoon at the Fort Wayne training facility, learning about safety as well as careers in the energy industry, the role of line mechanics and more. Highlights of the hands-on activity included walking on the slip simulator, which offers the opportunity to learn best ways to safely walk on ice; going up in a bucket truck; and learning how to use line mechanics’ equipment.

“Hands-on learning experiences combined with career opportunities and STEM programs with great partners like Indiana Michigan Power provide our children a well-rounded experience,” said Debby Stellwagen, Director of Development and Community Relations for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne. “The kids really enjoy experiences which reinforce what they learn. The I&M partnership is part of our new SPARK (Special Pathways for At Risk Kids) program to expose our members to the many job and career options available after graduation.”

“This program offers a fun way for students at an impressionable age to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math,” said Kim Sabrosky, I&M Director of External Affairs. “As students develop their focus of interests, we want them to know about the many exciting career possibilities in energy and other STEM fields. And we emphasize how important it is to be aware of safety in all that they do.”

If you are interested in getting your child involved in the programs Boys and Girls Clubs have to offer please call 260-744-0998 or go to www.bgcfw.org.

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ABOUT BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF FORT WAYNE: The Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne (BGCFW) is a non-profit organization that provides structured after-school programs that emphasize academic success, healthy lifestyles and good character and leadership. Last year, 4000 school aged boys and girls interacted with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne. A new 2.3 acre campus has been completed at 2609 Fairfield Avenue in Fort Wayne with a 42,500 square foot clubhouse replacing the former 26,000 square foot club at the same location. BGCFW puts children and teens first by focusing on their mission “to inspire all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.”

ABOUT INDIANA MICHIGAN POWER: Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is headquartered in Fort Wayne, and its 2,370 employees serve more than 597,000 customers. More than half of its generation is emission-free, including 2,278 MW of nuclear generation in Michigan, 450 MW of purchased wind generation from Indiana, 22 MW of hydro generation in both states and approximately 15 MW of large-scale solar generation in both states. The company’s generation portfolio also includes 2,600 MW of coal-fueled generation in Indiana.

American Electric Power, based in Columbus, Ohio, is focused on building a smarter energy infrastructure and delivering new technologies and custom energy solutions to our customers. AEP’s more than 17,000 employees operate and maintain the nation’s largest electricity transmission system and more than 219,000 miles of distribution lines to efficiently deliver safe, reliable power to nearly 5.4 million regulated customers in 11 states. AEP also is one of the nation’s largest electricity producers with approximately 32,000 megawatts of diverse generating capacity, including 4,300 megawatts of renewable energy. AEP’s family of companies includes utilities AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP also owns AEP Energy, AEP Energy Partners, AEP OnSite Partners and AEP Renewables, which provide innovative competitive energy solutions nationwide.

Tracy Warner
Corporate Communications Manager
Indiana Michigan Power
(260) 408-3420
tkwarner@aep.com

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