Westar Energy to be honored for its partnership with Flint Hills Technical College
TOPEKA, Kan., May 27, 2014 — Flint Hills Technical College (FHTC) president and staff will join representatives of Westar Energy at 10 a.m., Friday, May 30, at Westar’s Professional Development Center (PDC), 801 N.E. US Highway 24, Topeka, to present the Champion Level Industry Partner award for Westar’s participation, support and contributions to the Power Plant Technology program. Members of the media are invited.
Over five years ago, Westar partnered with FHTC to help enhance the Power Plant Technology program by allowing students the opportunity to work closely with Westar personnel to prepare for careers in power plants.
“Throughout this partnership, we’ve been able to provide career opportunities, curriculum guidance and resume assistance to students going through the program. Thus far, close to 70 students have completed their associates degree, and a few have had the opportunity to do some job shadowing in our plants. This could not have been possible without FHTC’s professionals and our excellent team of dedicated employees and experts who’ve contributed a great deal of their time and hard work to this program,” said John Bridson, vice president, generation, at Westar Energy.
Westar is committed to streamlining any opportunities into its work force for graduates of the Power Plant Technology program. “I’m proud to report that a few of the students who have gone through this program are now part of the Westar Energy family. It’s a privilege to watch these graduates continue to grow and excel, and we hope for many more to come,” said Bridson. “Technical programs like these at FHTC are essential to the work force development needs of Westar Energy and the electric utility industry. Technical education offers students paths to rewarding, great paying careers.”
FHTC will honor Westar’s efforts through the Employer Engagement Initiative (EEI). The EEI was created through the Kansas Board of Regents to foster active relationships with industries to work with post secondary educational programs to create curriculums and development plans for students to bring much needed technical skills to the work force. Under this recognition, Westar pledges to continue to support the EEI initiative and will actively pursue methods to create a meaningful, employable work force.
Westar has been involved with FHTC’s Power Plant Technology program on several fronts, including internships that allow students to experience front line job activities to help them relate practical application of skills that are being taught; job shadow opportunities that help students complete requirements for their degree; satellite training facilities in Topeka at the Westar PDC for night programs; and technical assistance though membership of FHTC advisory board positions. The partnership between FHTC continues to evolve to create opportunities for people in our communities through education and careers to create a stronger economy for Kansas and for future generations of Kansans.
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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