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Learn about how to become a line worker or substation electrician in the electric utility industry by attending an information session for the Power Systems Institute program offered by Jersey Central Power & Light, a FirstEnergy company, in partnership with Raritan Valley Community College. The information session is scheduled for February 21, from 6-8 p.m., in the Conference Center at the College’s Branchburg campus.

The Power Systems Institute is a unique two-year program featuring learning experiences both inside and outside of the classroom. Tuition, required books and lab fees will be paid by JCP&L for qualified students.

The RVCC curriculum includes technical coursework in electrical fundamentals and electrical circuits, technology labs and business-specific courses, in addition to the required general education courses in such areas as English composition, principles of management, technical math, and interpersonal communication.

Outside the classroom, students receive hands-on lessons—from climbing utility poles to testing substation equipment—at FirstEnergy’s training center in Phillipsburg. Following the second semester, qualified students participate in a compensated, 10-week (40-hour/week) field experience. Work assignments begin in May and end in August. Pre-employment screening is required.

Students who successfully complete the two-year PSI program earn an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electric Utility Technology from RVCC.

Preregistration for the information session is not required. In the event of inclement weather, a snow date has been scheduled for February 27, 6-8 p.m., in the RVCC Conference Center. For information, call Barbara Luby, 908-526-1200, ext. 8374. For additional information, visit or call 800-829-6801.

Ranked by,, and as the #1 community college in New Jersey, Raritan Valley Community College has been serving as an academic and cultural center for Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 50 years. The College has been nationally recognized for its service to the community, environmental stewardship, and commitment to diversity. It is home to  a Planetarium, Science Education Institute and 3M Observatory; a 1,000-seat Theatre offering professional performances for all ages; and an Honors College for high achieving students.

The College offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates, as well as career training, small business assistance through the Small Business Development Center, professional development, and adult and youth personal enrichment courses. RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg, NJ. For further information, visit