FirstEnergy Hires Graduates from Power Systems Institute Training Program at Tri-C
New line workers will work for The Illuminating Company and Ohio Edison
FirstEnergy Corp. has hired 22 graduates of the company’s utility worker training program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance service reliability for Northeast Ohio customers.
The new line workers represent the first graduating class since FirstEnergy reinstituted the award-winning Power Systems Institute (PSI) training program at Tri-C in 2014. The program is a partnership between the College and The Illuminating Company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy.
The two-year program combines hands-on utility skills training at a FirstEnergy facility in Brooklyn with technical coursework taught in Tri-C classrooms. Graduates earn an Associate of Technical Studies degree with a focus on electric power utility technology.
“The PSI program is an effective pipeline for adding well-trained, highly skilled employees to our workforce,” said John Skory, regional president of The Illuminating Company. “By teaming with our veteran linemen as part of the training process, these new employees will help ensure reliable service for our customers, now and in the future.”
The recent graduates will work for the Illuminating Company and Ohio Edison, another FirstEnergy subsidiary in Northeast Ohio.
The new hires include Richard Balcer of Sagamore Hills; Patrick Canfield of LaGrange; David Fitzgerald of Brecksville; Matthew Flanigan of Conneaut; Craig Gedeon of Parma Heights; Nate Graber of Lakewood; Caleb Henery of Ashtabula; Devin Knapp of Fairview Park; Jesse Kyovsky of Broadview Heights; Ryan Ladegaard of Bay Village; Jacob Martinelli of Lakewood; Justin Morway of Cleveland; Keith Novak of Parma; Cody Novatny of Avon Lake; Kevin Oyler of Broadview Heights; Trevor Schneck of Parma; Cory Sestak of Medina; Jeremy Simon of Westlake; Cory Trojan of Macedonia; Zach Truman of Lorain; Devin Warat of Chardon; and Matthew Wargo of Mentor-on-the-Lake.
FirstEnergy originally introduced the PSI in 2000 to prepare the company’s next generation of utility line and substation workers. Programs were established at colleges throughout the company’s six-state service area, including Tri-C.
Since the program’s inception, FirstEnergy has hired nearly 1,500 line and substation personnel who completed PSI programs in Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
For information on the program, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/psi or call 800-829-6801.
June 16, 2017
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