A Con Edison employee from Bayside has been recognized by the city’s YWCA for founding a program that enables Queens youths to work with the utility on assignments.
Nancy Shannon, who is the director of Environmental Health and Safety Field Services for the utility, received the YWCA of the City of New York’s Academy of Women Leaders Award.
Shannon, who has worked for Con Ed for 24 years, currently manages the chemical laboratory and directs the utility’s response and spill management teams.
She was instrumental in starting a program that gives physics and chemistry students at Jamaica Estates’ The Summit School the opportunity to work with Con Ed lab professionals on assignments.
“To thrive, our economy needs bright, young minds in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields,” Shannon said. “The goal of our program is to show talented students at The Summit School that they can have productive, rewarding careers in chemistry.
The program is in its third year at Con Edison’s laboratory in Astoria.