- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - Penelec is teaming up with Edinboro University’s Porreco College in Erie to offer a two-year program to train students to work on electrical utility lines and substations.

Penelec has set up the program, known as the Power Systems Institute, at other community colleges and two-year institutions in other parts of the state since 2000, but they were put on hold in 2011.

The program to begin next fall will enroll 24 students and mark the first time it’s been offered in the Erie area.

Penelec’s regional president, Scott Wyman, says graduates will earn an associate’s degree in applied science with a concentration in electric utilities technology. Wyman says all students will then be offered Penelec jobs upon graduation, with rare exceptions.

The entry-level jobs pay $28 to $30 per hour.

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