MEA Welcomes Job Corps Electrical Students to EGS Power Plant
Palmer, AK: On Monday, February 1, 2015, MEA participated in the National Job Corps Job Shadow Day, inviting twenty-eight electrical students from the Alaska Job Corps Center in Palmer for a first-hand look at MEA’s new power plant, the Eklutna Generation Station. In addition to a tour, students learned about a variety of jobs in the electric industry as well as how the larger electrical system plays a role in their future trade.
“We were honored to invest our time in these young adults,” said Julie Estey, MEA Director of Public Relations. “The utility industry is a major source of high quality jobs in the state and we were happy to provide insight on what it takes to deliver power to homes and businesses. For MEA, it was also an invaluable opportunity to teach our state’s future electricians about the larger electrical grid so they can create a safe and efficient interface between our members and the bigger system.”
According to Barbara Hunt, the Alaska Job Corps Business Community Liaison, “students were all abuzz about the tour of the MEA power plant. They marveled at the size of the equipment and the site construction. The impressive wiring and piping was a fantastic array and it hit home for the students because this is part of their training. Many questions came from this visit and many students were inspired by MEA’s professionalism and employment options. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and remarkable plant."
Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young men and women ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training. The Alaska Job Corps Center, supports the mission of teaching eligible young men and women the skills they need to become employable and independent to place them in meaningful jobs or further education.
Matanuska Electric Association, Inc., Alaska's oldest and second-largest electric cooperative, is owned and operated by its 49,000 members. MEA’s service area covers more than 4,200 miles of power lines in Southcentral Alaska, and the co-op leads projects statewide to provide customers with affordable, reliable energy.