NYPA to Sponsor Career Day for
Students at Ossining High School
March 16, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
White Plains—The New York Power Authority (NYPA)
will sponsor and host a seminar on Monday, March 20, on role models
and leadership for 20 African American students from Ossining High
School in Westchester County. The students are participating in the
school’s Project Earthquake program.
This is the first year NYPA is partnering with
Project Earthquake, which will offers young African American males a
glimpse of different types of professions, including marketing,
public relations and accounting.
“These young men are at risk students that can
greatly benefit from career events like this one where they receive
tangible advice from African American men with established careers,
“said Martin McDonald, Project Earthquake program coordinator. “It
adds a sense of attainability and promise to their future, and we
thank the Power Authority and its employees for their support and
Project Earthquake coordinates programs for young
men through workshops, meetings and mentoring.
Chris Copeland, one of the speakers, is an account
executive in NYPA’s Marketing and Economic Development unit at
NYPA’s White Plains office. He is working closely with the NYPA’s
Westchester government customers, including the County of
Westchester and is also a resident of Ossining.
“I am delighted to be able to reach out and work
with youngsters and share some of the formative experiences I’ve had
over the years including graduating from Morehouse College in
Atlanta,” said Copeland. “Hopefully we will reinforce the importance
of college and will be able to give them an awareness of the many
professions available to them.”
NYPA employees will speak to the students, take
questions and they will conduct a mock session of the board meeting.
They will end their afternoon viewing NYPA’s electric vehicle fleet.
Over the years, NYPA’s employees have served as
mentors at nearby schools. In November, NYPA was recognized by the
White Plains Youth Bureau for all its work with the city’s youth.
■ NYPA uses no tax money or state credit. It
finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues
earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a
leader in promoting energy-efficiency, new energy technologies and
electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation’s
largest state-owned electric utility, with 18 generating plants in
various parts of the state and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of
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