The Army Career Skills Program affords transitioning service members the opportunity to participate in employment skills training, on-the-job training, pre-apprenticeships and internships with a high probability of employment in high-demand and highly skilled jobs. Participation occurs within the last 180 days of military service and the program is provided at no cost to employers.
The ReEnergy Black River facility provided training through the program to three service members in 2019 and 2020. The first two participants wanted to gain welding experience in a power plant environment. The third, Staff Sergeant Michael Eddy, worked as an intern from early September through November 2020.
“His interest was to work with the mechanics, and he also learned welding. We found Michael to be energetic and willing to learn anything,” said Facility Manager Peter Lister. “We were so pleased to be able to hire him as a fuel/ash handler in early December. We are proud of our history of providing electricity to Fort Drum and its soldiers and civilians, and we are committed to hiring veterans whenever we can.”
“I am so happy to be able to stay in the North Country region and this has been a great transition into retirement from the Army,” Eddy said. “I am excited to be able to play a part in providing renewable energy to the post, which is fulfilling.”