Submitted by Tricia Taskey Modifica, Eversource Media Relations Manager
(June 27, 2022) — Carley Moyher was in graduate school studying to become a speech pathologist when she realized she needed to make a change and pursue a career that would truly make her happy. That’s when the 24-year-old began looking into Eversource’s Lineworker Certificate Program with Capital Community College.
“The more I thought about it, the more I realized I didn’t want to be stuck inside working all day. I love being outside and, growing up, I was always a hands-on kind of person,” said Moyher. “My family encouraged me to look into the lineworker program. When I went to the Eversource website and saw they were taking applications, it seemed like the stars aligned.”
Last week, Moyher graduated from the 11-week program, one of four women in the class, and is now on her way to becoming a certified lineworker. “I’m looking forward to a job where no two days are really the same and you’re constantly working on different types of jobs, using different skills,” added the Killingworth 24-year-old. “Even if the weather is tough to deal with, I would much rather be outside than stuck in an office.”
The second class of students in Eversource’s Electric Lineworker Program at Capital Community College celebrated their graduation from the program and collected their certificates on June 16, 2022. The diverse class of 15 students includes more women than ever before and represents communities throughout the state. The group is ready to start careers in the electric utility industry right in their own backyard – maintaining and strengthening the electric system, restoring power after storms and helping to build the clean energy grid of the future.
“Many of our lineworkers are reaching retirement age, so there is a true need for qualified workers in the electric operations industry,” said Eversource Vice President of Operation Services Steve Driscoll. “It’s crucial that we replenish our workforce to maintain a safe and reliable electric system for our customers; our partnership with CCC on this program is an important part of our continued effort to reach out to young people in our Connecticut communities and offer them excellent career opportunities.”
While Moyher is joining a trade that’s male-dominated, she isn’t intimidated. “I think a lot of females aren’t aware of this field or of the opportunities in linework. I really wasn’t until I talked to friends who were interested. It’s really positive that my class had four females graduate,” added Moyher. “I’m really excited about the future.”
Moyher and the graduates will now begin interviewing for linehelper positions in Eversource’s Apprentice School.
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