New technology requirements have created a challenge in developing today’s power utility workforce. As local utilities maintain and rebuild electric distribution infrastructure, they are installing grids characterized by sophisticated electronics and a sturdy resilience better able to withstand harsh weather.

Also, events of the past two years have magnified the challenge of renewing the workforce, including the pandemic and the “great resignation.”

One of the most effective strategies for developing an evolving workforce are public power utility partnerships with local colleges and trade schools.

As utility distribution systems become more sophisticated, it is incumbent on the utility to take steps to ensure that local educational curricula match evolving technical needs.

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