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to reskill NGS employees for mid-level IT business analyst positions. The
innovative retraining program received funding from the Coconino County
Career Center and was taught by instructors from Coconino Community
College and Northern Arizona University.
"The goal of the Apprenti program at SRP is to provide exceptional
opportunities to highly skilled employees during the redeployment of
NGS," said Tina Drews, SRP's director of Talent Management. "Information
technology is a growing area, especially in the utility industry, and we want
to provide apprenticeships that will fill our needs for the workforce of the
future. In addition, our apprentices from NGS bring a wealth of knowledge
and experience about operations, and that can be hard to find in traditional
IT professionals."
SRP was introduced to Apprenti in early 2018. It became a solution to
address the redeployment effort of NGS employees into Phoenix-area
positions. It also became the answer to McCarty's prayers. In her wildest
dreams, the once impoverished teenager never imagined she would be
living in the city and become an IT business analyst.
"It's a new experience. The transition from NGS, which was an industrial
job site, into a school setting was different," McCarty said. "We were always
learning at the power plant. We always had new training, new applications
that we had to learn about. Studying wasn't necessarily new, but the subject
matter was. We are going to be accumulating 2,000 OJT (on-the-job training) hours-it's been exciting."

Being selected into the program required a rigorous process that
involved aptitude testing, critical thinking skills and rounds of interviews.
McCarty is one of 10 former NGS employees participating in the state's first
IT tech apprenticeship.
"This is a powerful example of finding a creative, unique method to
develop local talent while also emphasizing what individuals are capable
of becoming over finding jobs for them based on their current work and
training experiences," said Jennifer Mellor, chief innovation officer for
the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation. "If employers can make this
mindset shift, we will be able to use this method to build strategic talent pipelines for in-demand industries while connecting individuals to
high-growth opportunities."
Skyler June, who used to work with McCarty at NGS, is another SRP
employee participating in the Apprenti program. He also is making the
transition from an industrial to office setting-as well as rural to city life.
"I worked at the plant for almost 11 years as an operation and maintenance specialist, where I watched the water, steam, fire and coal systems,"
explained 33-year-old June. "This new job is going to create a whole career
that I didn't plan for. It has opened up so many doors to where it's not just
one single aisle that I can take. It spreads out; I can pretty much go anywhere
I want with this opportunity. I am nothing but grateful."
June, McCarty and their Apprenti classmates will remain paid SRP employees as they now undergo a year of on-the-job training at an SRP facility in
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Letter from the Executive Director
RMEL Board of Directors
Executives Navigate “Strategic Inflection Point” of the Electric Energy Industry—2019 RMEL Vital Issues Forum and Fall Convention Recap
SRP Apprenti Program Trains Former Power Plant Employees for Careers in Technology
The Future Was Yesterday— Electric Energy Workforce Strategies
2020 Events Deliver Diverse Member Company Experiences to Technologically and Operationally Build the Future of the Electric Energy Industry
RMEL Foundation Awards Record 47 Scholarships
2020 Calendar of Events
Member Listings
Foundation Board of Directors
Advertiser’s Index
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ELECTRIC ENERGY | Winter 2019 - Letter from the Executive Director
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