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USD 259 employees job shadow Westar Energy line crew

Externships provide counselors and teachers with glimpse into the electric utility industry, opportunity to relate lessons with utility jobs

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WICHITA, Kan., June 26, 2014 – Over the past couple weeks, a group of Wichita USD 259 counselors and teachers has been touring Westar Energy facilities and learning about the jobs and work practices that are associated with the utility industry.

“This externship gives counselors and teachers a better understanding of how different curricula relate to the jobs being performed on a daily basis. They are gaining firsthand knowledge of potential jobs students can pursue during and after high school,” said Scott Hildebrandt, director of division operations.

The final job shadowing opportunity for this group takes place starting at 7:30 a.m., Friday at 1900 E. Central. The participants will shadow a Wichita line crew until noon. Media are invited to attend this tour for pictures. Please call the media line to coordinate a time and location. Jimmy Martinez, regional director of operations, will be available for interviews in the afternoon.

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Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is Kansas’ largest electric utility. For more than a century, we have provided Kansans the safe, reliable electricity needed to power their businesses and homes. Every day our team of professionals takes on projects to generate and deliver electricity, protect the environment and provide excellent service to our nearly 700,000 customers. Westar has 7,200 MW of electric generation capacity fueled by coal, uranium, natural gas, wind and landfill gas. We are also a leader in electric transmission in Kansas. Our innovative customer service programs include mobile-enabled customer care, a smart meter pilot project and paving the way for electric vehicle adoption. Our employees live, volunteer and work in the communities we serve.

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Media Contact:
Gina Penzig
Director, corporate communications
Phone: 785.575.8089
Media line: 888.613.0003

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