Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) recently hired 36 new line and substation workers to work out of service centers and substations across the company's service territory.

The new employees are teamed with seasoned crews performing maintenance activities and power restoration work 24 hours a day, seven days a week when needed. Each employee is a recent graduate of JCP&L's Power Systems Institute, a two-year training program leading to an associates degree in applied science. During the past eight years, JCP&L has hired 174 new line and substation workers who have completed the PSI program.

"These individuals are important additions to our workforce, complementing the company's capital investments designed to improve our distribution and transmission systems," said Don Lynch, president of JCP&L. "Together, these efforts add up to better customer service and service reliability."

The new employees include: Walter Alhers, Flanders; Dylan Baxter, Phillipsburg; James Boyle, Stanhope; Andrew Boughton, Ironia; Stephen Bowman, Mt. Bethel, Pa.; Tom Budkovsky, Parlin; Steve Dehnz, Sayreville; Kurt DiBenedetto, Hillsborough; Robert Donato, Brick; Trevor Duddy, Phillipsburg; Matthew Eldred, Branchville; Craig Elms, Monroe; Nick Fasano, Asbury Park; Ryan Flanzbaum, Old Bridge; Dean Greenwald, Sea Bright; Mike Gerrity, Bangor, Pa.; Dave Gonzalez, Hazlet; Rich Grande, Forked River; Mike Holden, Newton; Jason Keidel, Newfoundland; Daniel Lasso, Old Bridge; John Laurritsen, Eatontown; Kevin Liana, Stockton; John Manailovich, Allentown, Pa.; Zachary Mannon, Washington; Brad Meyer, Morris Plains; Justin Menosky, Toms River; Diego Oviedo, Edison; Brian Ribbecke, Lebanon; Mark Risko, Stewartsville; Ian Schneeberg, Flanders; Thomas Smith, Lakewood; Andrew Stangas, Brick; David Torro, Bayville; Marcellus Turpin, Matawan; and Robert Vasile, Belvidere.