PSI Event Draws Diverse Candidates

(Left) Tymean Watkins climbs a pole with assistance from PSI line student Jason Belcher (below). (Right) PSI candidate Sherrod Middleton receives instruction on enclosed space entry.

January 2, 2019

For the second consecutive year, Workforce Development (WFD) hosted a diversity recruitment event for the Urban League of Morris County at Jersey Central Power & Light’s (JCP&L) Phillipsburg training facility.

The Morris County urban league has been mentoring candidates interested in FirstEnergy’s Power Systems Institute (PSI) training program for line workers and substation electricians. During the recruitment event, WFD instructors were on hand as 11 candidates performed a variety of tasks, including pole climbing, cross-arm hanging, knot tying, bucket truck rides and enclosed space simulation.

“We provided interested candidates an opportunity to try tasks that will be expected of them at PSI technical evaluations typically held in the spring,” says Anika Niehans, advanced Workforce Development representative. “The day’s events were a positive experience for the candidates – as well as the WFD instructors, current PSI student volunteers and JCP&L employees.”