Helping fuel the energy industry workforce with skilled employees, Luminant is pleased to announce that more than 20 students from the first Power Track class will graduate this month with degrees in power plant technology from Tyler Junior College. This summer, 19 graduates will begin their energy careers at a Luminant power plant.
“I was recently offered a job at Oak Grove Power Plant, and I jumped at the opportunity,” said Garrett Henson, a Buffalo High School graduate of the Power Track inaugural class. “Around here, these are some of the best jobs you can get, and with the benefits from a company like Luminant, you can’t pass it up. I believe Power Track is a once-in-a-lifetime experience – just learning and working alongside people that know what to do and how to do it, you can’t beat it.”
With successful training programs already in place, Luminant, the largest power generator in Texas with several plants in East Texas, found it needed an additional way to keep up with the surging need for skilled workers trained in power plant technology. The Power Track program offers concentrated training in power plant operations, electrical technology, mechanical technology and instrumentation and control to accelerate the learning process for new workers. In 2011, in partnership with Tyler Junior College, Luminant created Power Track, which provides students with full scholarships covering books and tuition toward a two-year associate degree, a paid internship and the opportunity to foster a relationship that could grow into a full-time position with Luminant upon graduation.
“Power Track is a career development program unlike any other in Texas, and we’re providing students with a top-notch education and the necessary training to succeed in a career in the energy sector,” said Mac McFarland, Luminant CEO. “We’re delighted to welcome so many of the graduates to the Luminant team and to see the next generation of power plant employees continue our legacy of powering Texas.”
Combined, students completed nearly 1,000 credit hours in electrical, mechanical and power plant operations courses and received hands-on training at Luminant Academy, the company’s state-of-the-art training facility at TJC’s West Campus.
Graduates will attend TJC’s spring commencement on Friday, May 10. In addition, two Power Track students will graduate with associate degrees from Texas State Technical College in Marshall this May. Power Track received national recognition in 2012 from the Aspen Institute as a Model of Success in its Skills for America’s Future program.
The following students are this year’s Power Track program graduates:
Cody Bodiford, Bremond ISD
Chris Grigg, Bremond ISD
Garrett Henson, Buffalo ISD
Jonathan Hollister, Buffalo ISD
C.J. Menefee, Buffalo ISD
Chris Sweeney, Buffalo ISD
Daniel Vazquez, Buffalo ISD
Daniel Tillman, Chapel Hill ISD
Justin Hairgrove, Cross Roads ISD
Kevin Cooke, Franklin ISD
Chris Horton, Fairfield ISD
Tyler Esters, Henderson ISD
Bret Green, Henderson ISD
Jacob Mostyn, Henderson ISD
Wes Stutzman, Madisonville ISD
Fabian Trujillo, Milano ISD
Luis Sanchez, Mount Pleasant ISD
Yovani Ugalde, Mount Pleasant ISD
Taylor Pond, New Summerfield ISD
Preston Mitchell, Normangee ISD
Dylon Ross, Normangee ISD
Brady Martin, Rivercrest ISD
Colton Phipps, Rivercrest ISD
Blake Belyeu, Van ISD
Tel Hawkins, Whitehouse ISD
Zach Kennedy, Whitehouse ISD
Trey Hogan, Wortham ISD
To learn more about the program, visit LuminantPowerTrack.com. You can also find the program on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr by searching Luminant Power Track.