Natural Gas Field Technician Program Open House Scheduled for April 25

The certificate program is offered in collaboration with Eversource Energy.

(April 5, 2019) Middletown, Conn. —  Middlesex Community College and Eversource Energy will again offer the Natural Gas Field Technician Certificate, a program designed to help develop the future workforce in the growing natural gas industry. Classes for the certificate program will begin on August 13, 2019 at Eversource’s new state-of-the-art training facility.

Kelly M. operating the backhoeInterested students are invited to an open house on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the five-acre Eversource Training Yard, located at 107 Selden Street in Berlin, Conn. To register for the open house, please email DBordonaro@mxcc.edu. Walk-ins are also welcome.

“The collaboration between Eversource Energy and Middlesex Community College provides an opportunity for students to learn from industry experts. Anticipating the need for skilled workers in the natural gas industry, we worked together to develop a program that prepares students directly for employment,” said Diane Bordonaro, director of non-credit programs at Middlesex. “It is a point of pride at the college that we can respond to the needs of employers in our community by developing training programs for the workforce.”

The natural gas industry is experiencing tremendous growth in meeting and serving the energy demands of homeowners, businesses, and municipalities across Connecticut. Expanding access to natural gas and accelerated replacement programs have driven a higher demand for skilled resources to construct, maintain, and service the natural gas infrastructure.

“We’re always working to better serve our customers and a well-trained workforce is critical in accomplishing that goal,” said Eversource President of Gas Operations Bill Akley. “We’re proud to continue our partnership with Middlesex Community College to cultivate a new generation of highly skilled and efficient natural gas technicians. Upon successful completion of this program students will have a better understanding of our industry and learn skills that will open employment opportunities for them in the fast-growing natural gas business.”

Darrell Kuhne at EversourceStudents will develop the fundamental skills required to safely and efficiently install and maintain gas distribution facilities, including the proper use of tools and equipment. They will also build a strong working knowledge of approved industry practices. The program can be completed in one semester.

As a selective admissions program, students must follow the application process and meet all deadlines. Applications close on May 15, 2019. Please visit the Middlesex website for details, class schedule, and program requirements https://mxcc.edu/ce/courses/natural-gas/.

Since 1966, Middlesex Community College has provided high-quality, affordable, and accessible education to a diverse population, enhancing the strengths of individuals through degree, certificate, and lifelong learning programs that lead to university transfer, employment, and an enriched awareness of our shared responsibilities as global citizens. A part of the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, MxCC offers more than 70 degree or certificate programs at the 38-acre campus in Middletown, MxCC@Platt in Meriden, and online.

Eversource transmits and delivers electricity to 1.2 million customers in 149 cities and towns, provides natural gas to 232,000 customers in 73 communities, and supplies water to approximately 197,000 customers in 51 communities across Connecticut. Recognized as the top U.S. utility for its energy efficiency programs by the sustainability advocacy organization Ceres, Eversource harnesses the commitment of about 8,000 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service.