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Eversource Partners with Housatonic Community College to Develop Future Workforce

Mar 21, 2023

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Energy company expanding Electrical Lineworker Certificate Program

BERLIN, Conn. (March 21, 2023) – With a high demand for skilled utility workers across the state, Eversource is partnering with Housatonic Community College and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local Unions 420 and 457 to prepare the next generation of electrical lineworkers in Connecticut. The Lineworker Certificate Program provides students valuable training in the electric utility industry and the opportunity to progress into Eversource’s paid apprenticeship program.

“Our industry is seeing incredible growth, and as we look toward a clean energy future, it’s critical that we continue to ensure we have a well-trained workforce to maintain a safe and reliable electric system while delivering excellent service for our customers,” said Eversource President of Connecticut Electric Operations Steve Sullivan. “We’ve had great success with our popular certification program at Capital Community College and are excited to expand that collaboration with Housatonic Community College. We value our partnership with the Connecticut State Community College system and know it will help us train highly skilled lineworkers who will have strong employment opportunities after completing the course.”

Nearly 150 students applied for 15 open spots in the rigorous 13-week certification program. The students began virtual classroom learning and hands-on training at the Eversource outdoor training complex in Berlin in early March. Their extensive course work includes electrical theory, CPR, and safety – preparing them for employment with electrical lineworker responsibilities and tasks. 

“We are happy to expand this program with Eversource, which started with Capital Community College students in 2021,” said CT State Community College President John Maduko, M.D. “Through partnerships like this, we are able to quickly meet workforce needs in our community while our students prepare for in-demand jobs that pay family-sustaining wages.”

Visit for more information on the certification program and to stay updated on the next available class.

Eversource (NYSE: ES), celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship, is the #1 energy company in Newsweek’s list of America’s Most Responsible Companies for 2023 and recognized as one of America’s Most JUST Companies. Celebrated as a national leader for its corporate citizenship., Eversource transmits and delivers electricity to 1.27 million customers in 149 cities and towns, provides natural gas to 249,000 customers in 74 communities, and supplies water to approximately 207,000 customers in 56 communities across Connecticut. Eversource harnesses the commitment of approximately 9,500 employees across three states to build a single, united company around the mission of safely delivering reliable energy and water with superior customer service. The #1 energy efficiency provider in the nation, the company is empowering a clean energy future in the Northeast, with nationally-recognized energy efficiency solutions and successful programs to integrate new clean energy resources like solar, offshore wind, electric vehicles and battery storage, into the electric system. For more information, please visit, and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. For more information on our water services, visit


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