Mon Power Hires New Graduates from FirstEnergy’s Power Systems Institute Training Program
FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Mon Power, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has hired 18 new graduates from the Power Systems Institute (PSI), the company’s award-winning, two-year educational program that helps train the next generation of line and substation workers for FirstEnergy’s 10 electric companies. The new employees include 16 line workers and two substation electricians in West Virginia.
The PSI utility training partnership was established in 2012 at Pierpont Community & Technical College in Fairmont following FirstEnergy’s merger with Allegheny Energy.
“Our PSI program has strengthened our diverse workforce pipeline and instilled safe work practices, proper work methods and teambuilding by developing the well-educated men and women needed to provide reliable power to customers,” said James H. Myers III, president of FirstEnergy’s West Virginia Operations. “We welcome these graduates joining our workforce to help continue providing safe and reliable electric service for our customers.”
Mon Power’s new PSI graduates include:
- Christopher Harrah, Alderson
- David Haught, Mannington
- Cody Kiner, Marlinton
- Noah Nichols, Belpre
- Christopher Swecker, Valley Bend
- Ronald Brand, Morgantown
- Brandon Kyle, Belington
The PSI curriculum requires two and a half days each week spent between Pierpont Community & Technical College completing academic course work and at a Mon Power training facility in White Hall, West Virginia, for hands-on learning that focuses on safe work practices and procedures in the electrical environment.
FirstEnergy is celebrating 20 years of graduates from the PSI program, which was originally developed by the company in 2000. Students who successfully complete the program earn an associate degree from an affiliated community college in their area. Since the program’s inception, FirstEnergy has hired more than 2,000 line and substation personnel who completed PSI programs in Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
For information about how to enroll in the PSI program, call 1-800-829-6801, or go to www.firstenergycorp.com/psi.
FirstEnergy Corp. is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company’s transmission subsidiaries operate approximately 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy online at www.firstenergycorp.com. Follow FirstEnergy and its utilities on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp, @ToledoEdison, @IlluminatingCo, @OhioEdison, @MonPowerWV, @JCP_L, @Penn_Power, @Penelec, @Met_Ed, @PotomacEdison, @W_Penn_Power.
Editor’s Note: Photos of FirstEnergy Power Systems Institute graduates are available for download on Flickr.
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