July 3, 2018—Middlesex Community College and Eversource Energy have partnered to offer the Natural Gas Field Technician Certificate, a new program designed to help develop the future workforce in the growing natural gas industry. Classes for the certificate program will begin in August 2018 at Eversource’s new state-of-the-art training facility.
Interested students are invited to an open house on Thursday, July 12, 2018, from 4 to 5:30 p.m., at the Eversource Energy training facility, 107 Selden Street, Berlin. To register for the open house, please call 860-343-5716 or 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 partner 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.”
Students 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.
As a selective admissions program, students must follow the application process and meet all deadlines. Applications close on Friday, July 20, 2018. Please visit the Middlesex website for details, class schedule, and program requirements at https://mxcc.edu/ce/courses/natural-gas.