PCC has teamed up with the Pasadena Department of Water and Power (PWP) to educate individuals about the electrical utility field because of a recent high demand for city employees.


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PCC has teamed up with the Pasadena Department of Water and Power (PWP) to educate individuals about the electrical utility field because of a recent high demand for city employees.

Douglas Haines, dean of the Engineering and Technology division said he was contacted by the city to explore ways to create a career pathway for students to learn the skills that are needed in a highly competitive trade.

According to Haines, the curriculum will be composed of several core courses teaching the foundation of electricity. They were designed by Haines and Joe Awad, assistant general manager of the Pasadena Power Delivery Division.

“Joe [Awad] wants to educate the students locally. The demand from the city is outstanding,” said Haines.

Haines also said the established courses on campus will not have significant changes. However, there will be more emphasis on all operations of the field, including, electrical distribution and pole climbing.

Many students learned of the first course, Electricity 248A, being offered this summer through social media and the class list filled up in three days.

“I was not surprised that the class was filled up when I tried to add it. It is a very competitive trade,” said Jonathan Biggs, 23, electrical engineering.

Having been trained for utility work by East Los Angeles Skills Center, Biggs is aware of the high demand in the field and finds the new courses to be a “good idea.”

“I think it is a good idea that they are trying to open up to the younger

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