A bond that will last a lifetime

When we think about bringing energy to life and making a difference in the lives of the people in our communities, there’s no better example than the successful pilot of the Natural Gas Technician Certification Training Program.  Last year, we partnered with Farmingdale State College (FSC) to create a program where students completed an intense 12-week natural gas technician training class.

 “The results of the pilot are extremely encouraging as every student left with a certificate in one hand and a job in the other,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Having completed a combination of academic instruction and on-the-job training developed together by Farmingdale State College and National Grid, these students are well on their way to enjoying a successful career.”

What this means for us is a workforce that will bring us into the future within the communities we live.

“We’re very proud of this one-of-a-kind program and our partnership,” said Ken Daly, President NY Jurisdiction, “Bringing these students on board helps us, the natural gas industry, and the Long Island economy. We look forward to the graduates providing the foundation for a safer, more reliable natural gas network that continues to grow.”

And because the pilot was so successful, an event was held at our Melville Headquarters on March 9, where Daly and Zimpher announced a partnership to educate the next generation of clean energy employees across New York. The program will be replicated at SUNY colleges and universities throughout the state, with Hudson Valley Community College set to introduce the program in spring 2017.

Joining us for the event were local elected officials, representatives from local colleges and the first class of graduates. 

It’s clear from this picture that these individuals have created a bond that will last a lifetime.

Brian Varga, Director, Field Ops LI West, receives award from Ken Daly for his vision and launch of the FSC and National Grid one-of-a-kind program.

Graduating class with leadership and special guests

Graduate, Robert McDermott with son and wife.


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Scott A Farnett

This partnership is long overdue. This is a great opportunity for these young folks. We need to ensure that the replication of this program spreads like wildfire throughout our footprint. We have an aging field workforce nearing retirement. I’m glad to see us looking forward instead of just inward. Great News!

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