Eagan, MN (PRWEB) July 22, 2010
Midwest ENERGY Association is proud to announce that City Water, Light & Power (Springfield, IL) and Marshfield Utilities (Marshfield, WI) have joined the MEA ElectricU Consortium to develop online electric lineworker training at ElectricU.org.
ElectricU consists of online training courses and field performance evaluations. “We expect our new association with MEA as a direct network to many of our Midwest industry colleagues to be a valuable tool for CWLP’s Electric T&D, Environmental Health & Safety and Training Divisions,” says Kevin Schraeder, a supervisor for City Water, Light & Power. “We believe MEA’s online training modules will especially help our employees work to further improve safety, efficiency and productivity across various divisions at CWLP.“
When the development project is complete, MEA expects there will be 125+ courses in the lineworker curriculum. MEA’s training materials feature rich media and interactions designed to engage learners in effective adult learning techniques. The courses are accessed via the internet or from a company’s intranet. In addition, course content can be presented in a traditional classroom setting with a laptop and LCD projector in a group session to review and discuss proper procedures. Courses are assigned, delivered, and tracked using either MEA’s or a company’s own learning management system (LMS). Every course offers a pre- and post-course knowledge test and recordkeeping feature. In addition, most courses have one or more performance evaluation forms (PEF). The PEFs are designed for use in the field or during simulated hands-on training to determine if an individual has the knowledge and skills to perform a particular task. Courses are AICC and SCORM compliant.
The training courses, knowledge tests, and performance evaluation materials are industry consensus materials, which have been reviewed by subject matter experts from the ElectricU consortium. The materials are easily customizable so a utility or contractor company can include company and/or state-specific requirements. The PEF’s are Microsoft Word documents in an editable format. The courses and knowledge tests are constructed in Lectora, an industry-leading course authoring software.
The ElectricU materials can be used to complement a utility or contractor company’s existing apprentice and journeyman training programs and provide updated, industry-consensus learning at a fraction of the cost of classroom training.
Interested utilities, contractors, schools, and unions can obtain more information by visiting http://www.ElectricU.org or by contacting John Gann at (651) 289-9600 x105; firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Midwest ENERGY Association:
Midwest ENERGY Association (MEA) serves the people that bring electricity and natural gas to American homes and businesses. MEA was founded as a trade association over 100 years ago by visionary distribution utilities in the Midwest to improve safety and efficiency. Utility companies nationwide now benefit from MEA’s industry roundtables, operations conferences, and other events. Members collaborated to develop EnergyU, the world’s premier online training and testing system for the gas and electric utility distribution industry.
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