The Power of Education: The Illuminating Company Hires Graduates of Power Systems Institute at Tri-C

Adam Belmonte of Fairview Park Joins the Utility’s Workforce

Adam Belmonte of Fairview Park has been hired by The Illuminating Company after graduating from its utility worker training program at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®).

Belmonte was among 24 graduates in the fourth class since FirstEnergy Corp. reinstituted the award-winning Power Systems Institute (PSI) training program at Tri-C in 2014. The Illuminating Company is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy.

The two-year program combines hands-on utility skills training at an Illuminating Company 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 program is a partnership between the College and The Illuminating Company that reflects the utility’s ongoing efforts to enhance service reliability for Northeast Ohio customers.

“Our PSI program develops top-quality, well-educated men and women for the electric utility industry,” said Mark A. Jones, regional president of The Illuminating Company. “We look forward to these graduates joining our workforce to help continue providing safe and reliable electric service for our customers.”

FirstEnergy 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 more than 2,000 line and substation personnel who completed PSI programs in Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

For information on the program, visit firstenergycorp.com/psi or call 800-829-6801.

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