September 4, 2015

FirstEnergy, Community College Utility Worker Partnership Begins New Year

More than 300 students are headed back to school as part of FirstEnergy Corp.'s Power Systems Institute, a unique worker training program that combines learning hands-on utility skills at company training facilities with technical coursework at local community college classrooms.
The award-winning, two-year program is designed to train the next generation of FirstEnergy's utility line and substation workers.  Of those currently enrolled in the Power Systems Institute programs at 12 schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and West Virginia, about 40 are in their second year, with 270 beginning their first year.  
In addition to being considered for employment at FirstEnergy upon graduation, students will earn an associate degree in Electric Utility Technology.
"Since we created this program in 2000, more than 1,100 Power Systems Institute graduates currently are working in the field as FirstEnergy utility employees, using the training they received from this unique program to help keep the lights on for our customers," said Steven E. Strah, president, FirstEnergy Utilities.  "Whether it's linemen who work above ground or substation personnel who operate on the ground, the Power Systems Institute is a great opportunity for someone looking for a career in the utility industry."
FirstEnergy has Power Systems Institute partnerships with these colleges in Pennsylvania: Reading Area Community College in Reading; Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood; Pennsylvania Highlands Community College in Johnstown; and Porreco College of Edinboro University in Erie.
For more information about future enrollment, visit the FirstEnergy Power Systems Institute webpage or call 800-829-6801.