The energy industry is expected to boom over the next decade, and skilled workers will be in high demand to fill those jobs.
American Electric Power is participating in a national program to train low-income, young adults for energy positions. Director of Workforce Diversity Joe Cisneros said AEP is teaming up with Zane State College and Mid-East Career and Technology Centers to offer specialized classes.
"What it’s doing is providing them with the baseline knowledge and skill sets that they need to have a one leg up in applying for jobs at a utility company like AEP," said Cisneros.
The initiative is part of an eight-state project made possible by a grant to the Center for Energy Workforce Development from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The Ohio Energy Workforce Consortium will receive $75,000 over a three year period for the coordination and implementation of the model.
"Some of the positions that we know we’re going to need are line workers, plant operators and electrical technicians," said Cisneros. "Those are just three of the job families that we’ll be thinking hard about."
Muskingum County is one of five locations around the state using the Get Into Energy Career Pathways Model.