Luminant offers scholarship for two-year degree

Mar 23, 2011 by

More than 100 students got a glimpse of the future on Feb. 27, as they toured Luminant Academy at the Tyler Junior College West Campus.

The College and the company launched the Power Track program which is designed to promote career development through a scholarship offer.

The company will offer 30 scholarships to qualified high school graduates, with plans to expand that to 40 next year.

Students accepted into the program will participate in TJC’s two-year degree program in power plant technology.

In addition to paying for students’ tuition and books, the company also will provide students with a paid internship and possibly a job offer.

TJC President Dr. Mike Metke said the program is a win not only for the students involved, but also for the community as a whole. In addition, it fits in with the mayor’s industry growth initiative.

Luminant is one of three companies owned by Energy Future Holdings Corp. It is a power-producing company that operates lignite, gas and nuclear plants around Texas.

The company operates a job-training program out of TJC’s Skills Training Center on the West Campus, but up until this year that training program has been only for Luminant’s employees.

In January, the TJC board of trustees approved a power plant technology program and the company now will offer this credit program and give students the opportunity to start a career in the process.

Michael Fischer, Luminant’s vice president of organizational talent, said the company is going to lose an estimated 500 people to retirement in the next five years, which means they will have plenty of openings.
He said the energy industry provides a well-paying job with good benefits and ongoing education.

“Luminant can be a career, not just a job,” he said.

Tommy Neyland, Luminant’s educational outreach manager, said high school students often can feel a bit lost after graduation, but this opportunity can provide them with some direction and opportunity.

Students from all over East Texas attended the event and toured the Luminant Academy facilities. The company has reached out to high schools in the areas surrounding its plants.

Seth Mahaffey, 16, a Centerville High School junior, said the program appeals to him because he is interested in getting hands-on job experience and moving quickly into the workforce.

The company launched its Luminant Power Track website and is accepting applications. Visit www.luminant.com/luminantpowertrack/ for more information.


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Elise Mullinix is Tyler Junior College's Editorial Manager. She can be reached at 903-510-2370 or at emul2@tjc.edu.