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Students attending FirstEnergys Power Systems Institute lineman training program learn to climb pole and operate other utility equipment The awardwinning twoyear program is designed to train the next generation of FirstEnergys 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
Students attending FirstEnergy’s Power Systems Institute lineman training program learn to climb pole and operate other utility equipment. 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.

Mon Power Hosts Parkersburg Event for Future Utility Workers

Public was Invited to Learn about the Power Systems Institute, View Safety Equipment and Vehicles

Mon Power welcomed the public to an open house event at its Parkersburg Service Center last month. The event featured information about the company's Power Systems Institute (PSI) line and substation worker training program.

PSI is a partnership that combines learning hands-on utility skills at a Mon Power training facility with technical coursework at Pierpont Community and Technical College in Fairmont, W.Va., classrooms.  Graduates will earn a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree in Electric Utility Technology.  Qualified students will receive tuition, books and lab fees courtesy of Mon Power.  Students with the right grades and skills will have the potential to be hired upon graduation.

In addition to demonstrating utility trucks, safety equipment and tools, representatives from Mon Power provided an overview of the PSI program and explained how interested students could enroll for an information session held later in February at Pierpont Community and Technical College. 

"The Power Systems Institute program provides a unique opportunity for interested candidates to pursue a career in the electric utility industry," said Holly Kauffman, president, West Virginia Operations, FirstEnergy.  "Well trained line workers and substation electricians are essential to our business, and help us maintain safe, reliable service for our customers."

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