Time is running out for local teens hoping to participate in the 2016 PG&E Summer Jobs Program, which last year trained 300 young people and led to paid work for 55 participants though a partnership between Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County.

Applications are due by March 1 from high school students from ages 15 to 18. Paperwork can be downloaded at bgclubsofkerncounty.org. Completed forms must be turned in at one of two club locations: Armstrong Youth Center, 801 Niles St., or Stockdale Club, 5207 Young St., Suite 200.

A teen and parent orientation meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday at the Bakersfield City School District Auditorium, 1300 Baker St. Actual workforce training begins March 7 and continues through May 13, after which time selected participants will begin six-week paid summer jobs.

The partnership is also recruiting employers interested in hosting six-week summer internships. Salaries for such work are being paid by a grant from PG&E.

For information on the program, call Angel Dominguez at the Boys & Girls Clubs: 325-3730.

The former Kaplan College campus at 1914 Wible Road has been rebranded as Brightwood College in Bakersfield following its sale earlier this year to Birmingham, Ala.-based Education Corp. of America.

ECA has more than doubled in size recently to 72 campuses. It hosted an open house at the Bakersfield school Monday to highlight the change.

PG&E said it will begin work this week on three months’ worth of electricity infrastructure improvements in Shafter.

The San Francisco-based utility said the work there involves installing new electric equipment, enhance existing installations and upgrading power lines to boost capacity and reliability.

Some of the construction will center around the Shafter Substation at Fresno and Beech avenues. Other work will take place along Poplar Avenue between Fresno and West Los Angeles avenues, as well as along Beech between Fresno Avenue and East Lerdo Highway.

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