FirstEnergy Corp. and Lorain County Community College have partnered in the development of the Power Systems Institute (PSI), an award-winning two-year educational program designed to prepare students in Lorain, Erie and Huron counties for employment as electrical line workers.
Starting in the fall 2007 semester, qualified students enrolled in the program at LCCC will receive free tuition, including college fees, books and required protective clothing. This program will train the next generation of top-quality, well-educated line workers for FirstEnergy, the nation’s fifth largest electric utility system.
"LCCC is committed to aligning education and training with market needs. The FirstEnergy Power Systems Institute is a creative and effective way to address a need for highly skilled, work-ready talent. PSI is a perfect example of preparing talent for promising careers in a growing industry,” said LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church.
“These partnerships are an efficient way to create a pipeline of highly trained potential employees who can help us maintain a high level of customer service,” said Steven E. Strah, regional president, Ohio Edison. “We continue to see a natural attrition among our ranks in the line and sub station programs. This was the driving force for the creation of the Power Systems Institute.”
Ohio Edison has 11 similar programs in other areas of Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Initial plans call for 20 students to be enrolled in the PSI program the first year, with 12 students enrolled every year after. Through this program students can earn an accredited Associate of Applied Science degree with a focus on electric utility technology. LCCC students will spend half the week at the college studying such subjects as technical writing, technical math, and principles of management, and the other half at Ohio Edison’s Elyria Line Shop learning the hands-on skills necessary for becoming electric utility workers. The program provides first aid and CPR certifications and students also will obtain a Class A Commercial Driver’s License. Following the second semester of study, students will work in the field with Ohio Edison crews as part of a 14-week paid internship.
To learn more, attend the upcoming information session from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, April 26 in the LCCC Spitzer Conference Center, or call 1-800-829-6801 or visit www.lorainccc.edu/firstenergy.