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JCP&L welcomes new line, substation employees from Power Systems Institute training programs

NEW JERSEY – Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L), FirstEnergy Corp. utilities, have hired 20 graduates of Power Systems Institute (PSI), award-winning, two-year educational program that helps prepare the next generation of line and substation workers for FirstEnergy’s 10 electric utility companies.

The new employees include 10 lineworkers and 10 substation electricians who are graduates of the Power Systems Institute (PSI) training programs at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft and Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg.

“Our Power Systems Institute develops top-quality, well-educated men and women for the electric utility industry,” said Jim Fakult, president of New Jersey Operations. “We look forward to these graduates joining our workforce to help continue providing safe and reliable electric service for our customers.”

The new lines employees and hometowns are:

  • Andrew Alberalla, Clinton
  • Scott Baghsarian, Freehold
  • Dominic Cavallero, Howell
  • William Ditchkus, Point Pleasant
  • George Dounis, Brick
  • William Frederick, Morris Township
  • Jacob Gross, Belvidere
  • Aaron King, Parlin
  • Gregory St Luce, Hackettstown
  • William Stepanovsky, Frenchtown

The new substation employees and hometowns are:

  • Seamus Duddy, Phillipsburg
  • Mateo Huerta-Lopez, Perth Amboy
  • Dashon Jones, Easton, Pennsylvania
  • Christopher McGackin, Morganville
  • Jeffrey Noll, Toms River
  • Joseph Polomchak, Easton, Pennsylvania
  • Jorge Shimokawa, Fairfield
  • Shawn Stillwell, Browns Mills
  • Shane Therien, Toms River
  • Matthew Wikfors, Manahawkin

All the graduates will be assigned to line and substation shops across JCP&L’s service area. Their work assignments will rotate as part of the training program.

PSI students split time between classes at the two colleges and JCP&L training facilities in Farmingdale and Philipsburg. Since the program’s inception, FirstEnergy has hired more than 2,400 line and substation personnel who completed PSI programs in Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

For information about the PSI program, call 1-800-829-6801, or visit

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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