A partnership between Tyler Junior College and Texas energy producer Luminant gained recognition from a national educational and policy studies organization.
The goal is to help create a talent pipeline to ensure businesses remain competitive, according to the news release.
Luminant Power Track was developed as a means to replenish the technical leadership at Luminant power plants.
Power Track students major in power plant technology at TJC, where they learn technical and safety aspects of plant operations, responsibilities of plant operators and mechanical and chemical technology needed for working in related industrial operations, according to the news release.
Participating students receive a Luminant-funded scholarship covering books and tuition.
Students also are eligible to receive paid internships at a Luminant power plant and the opportunity to build up to a full-time job with the company after successfully completing the program.
Luminant Academy director Dr. Dirk Hughes said the academy has seen remarkable interest since the program started, and they are seeing great value in it.
Karen Elzey, director of Skills for America’s Future, said the program is pleased to have Luminant Academy and TJC as new members of the growing network.
“We know that the energy industry has a particularly urgent need to train its next generation of workers,” Ms. Elzey said, according to the news release. “Luminant and TJC have designed an effective and cost-efficient partnership that serves both the workers and the company well.
“We look forward to working with Luminant and TJC and helping them share their story with other employers and other community colleges who seek to train a skills ready workforce for their companies and regions.”