BSC establishes agreement with Connecticut Light and Power to bring students into energy industry

Bismarck State College has partnered with Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P) and the Connecticut Community College System (CCCS) to establish an agreement offering online Electric Power Technology (ELPW) classes to students enrolled in the Connecticut Community College System (CCCS).

This fall, BSC began offering Connecticut students 22 credits from the ELPW program online, while CCCS offers additional classroom-based curriculum toward an associate degree in Technology Studies. Fourteen CCCS students are currently enrolled in three classes. Qualified candidates will be prepared for a career as an electric power utility line mechanic or cable splicer.

The agreement will help fill a high demand for skilled employees in the energy industry in Connecticut. Northeast Utilities, the parent company of CL&P and a major energy employer in Connecticut, initiated the connection with BSC.

“Our goal is to have a program that provides a solid educational background coupled with the hands-on training that prepares students for the realities of working in the utility industry,” said Tom Burns, director of training for Northeast Utilities. “The fact that Bismarck’s curriculum is constantly reviewed by industry experts and directly aligns with our apprenticeship program makes this an ideal partnership.”

The program features academic courses at any of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges, online courses through Bismarck State College, hands-on training at CL&P’s Training Center, and summer and winter field internship experiences at a CL&P’s work centers.

The agreement was facilitated through the support of the Energy Providers Coalition for Education (EPCE), a group of industry representatives that develops, sponsors and promotes industry-driven, standardized, quality online learning programs to meet the workforce needs of the energy industry. Both BSC and Northeast Utilities are EPCE members.

“We’ve been working closely with Northeast Utilities and CCCS over the past 18 months and it’s exciting to see the partnership come to fruition,” said Bruce Emmil, associate vice president, BSC National Energy Center of Excellence. “Having industry involved from day one has been a key component to this partnership, and we look forward to seeing additional students and colleges within the Connecticut Community College System partake in this partnership.”

Emmil said that in addition to helping Connecticut students enter the energy industry, the agreement creates increasing opportunities for other collaborative projects and raises BSC’s national presence as a leader in energy education.

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The BSC National Energy Center of Excellence is home to many nationally-recognized energy industry degree and training programs. Students have the opportunity to complete programs on-campus or online. At BSC, one-fourth of students are enrolled in energy programs. For more information, visit

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