Philadelphia Academies is PECO's oldest community partnership, focusing on academic and occupational skills for public school students. Established in 1969, with PECO's sponsorship of the first Academy of Applied and Electrical Science, the program now includes more than 30 academies in 14 career areas at 20 of the city's high schools and two middle schools. Since the outset, PECO employees have been actively involved at many levels. Recently, PECO has been working with the Academies to create job opportunities for program graduates, through the "PECO Pipeline for Success." Program support is targeted to increasing the number of youth served by career academies.
FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering. PECO is a 13-year sponsor of Robotics - the world’s largest high school robotics competition. Each team uses an identical supply of parts and software to design and build a remote-controlled robot capable of performing a predetermined set of tasks in a competition. The competition provides young people the opportunity to partner with educators and industry professionals. As the students think creatively and work as a team, they also learn about science, mathematics, engineering and technology.
Asian American Women's Coalition Scholarship
For the past five years, PECO has supported the Asian American Women's Coalition Scholarship scholarship program. Bright and talented young Asian American women receive four-year college scholarships and a new laptop to assist them in their educational endeavors.
In 2007, PECO awarded Lincoln University a two-year partnership grant of $25,000 per year to create the PECO Endowed Arts Scholarship Fund to support minority students who are participating in the Lincoln University Interdisciplinary Cultural Arts program. The partnership was renewed in 2010. Lincoln has entered in a cooperative partnership with The Barnes Foundation that will create a curriculum to study the works of the Barnes collection, art administration, horticulture and art conservation.
PECO has made another Philadelphia first, putting its energy into the arts by partnering with ArtsRising and adopting the ArtsZone in the Olney section of the City in the neighborhoods surrounding Grover T. Washington, Jr. Middle School. ArtsZones are the creation of ArtsRising, and are neighborhoods anchored by schools that connect teachers, students and the community to local quality arts education opportunities. PECO has become the first company to adopt an ArtsZone, adding yet another layer of community outreach and support to help children gain access to high quality arts education and hands on experience.