Pipeline to PSI

Joe Grupp, manager, Operations Services (far left) and Chad Stoneking (second from left) recently presented a $5,000 check to the Fayette County Career & Technical Institute to help educate students about careers in the utility industry.

March 23, 2018

The Fayette County Career & Technical Institute (CTI) in Uniontown, Pa., provides educational opportunities to high school students and adult learners. West Penn Power has been busy building relationships with CTI and other vocational schools to let students know about the potential careers available through FirstEnergy’s Power Systems Institute (PSI).

“We always are looking for bright, talented individuals to join our PSI program to study as line workers or substation electricians,” says Chad Stoneking, director, Operations Services. “By forming a relationship with vocational schools like Fayette County CTI, we can let students in our service territory know about career opportunities available and how our PSI program can help them reach new heights.”

In addition to financial support, West Penn Power is donating utility poles and providing employees to perform equipment demonstrations and to talk to students about a career in the utility industry. West Penn currently is working with two other schools: Central Westmoreland Career & Technology Center (New Stanton, Pa.); and Mon Valley Career & Technology Center (Charleroi, Pa.).

Established in 2000, FirstEnergy’s PSI offers a two-year program that combines classroom learning with hands-on training. West Penn Power partners with two different colleges based on the student’s preferred field of study: Westmoreland County Community College (Youngwood, Pa.) for the line worker program; and Pennsylvania Highlands Community College (Johnstown, Pa.) for the substation electrician program.

For more information about PSI, including enrollment information, visit www.firstenergycorp.com/psi or call 1-800-829-6801.