City Residents Graduate From PSEG Power Apprenticeship Program

Bridgeport City Council members Ernie Newton, Denese Taylor-Moye, Rosalina Roman-Christy, Mayor Joseph Ganim, councilor Jeanette Herron, and Building Pathways Executive Director Amy Blackwood celebrate at Monday’s graduation ceremony for the nine Bridgeport residents who completed the second class of the PSEG Ready2Work Apprenticeship Readiness Training Program. (Photo courtesy of Mark Lovretin, PSEG)

News release from PSEG

PSEG Power Connecticut today hosted a graduation ceremony of the second class of its PSEG Ready2Work Apprenticeship Readiness Training Program, at its Bridgeport Harbor Station. The apprenticeship readiness training program, announced last November, prepares Bridgeport residents for well-paying careers in the construction industry. Local officials, including Bridgeport Mayor Joseph P. Ganim, and representatives from the local building trades joined PSEG in recognizing the nine graduates, who began classes in April.

Ready2Work helps to build the construction industry’s workforce pipeline by creating opportunities for disadvantaged and low-skilled area residents. “By assisting these graduates in their efforts to gain entry into the Connecticut Building Trades, we are helping them build careers that will help them provide for their families’ futures,” said Amy Blackwood, executive director of Building Pathways CT, the program operator.

Ready2Work was designed in accordance with commitments made in the Community Environmental Benefit Agreement with the City of Bridgeport. With comprehensive training offered by the state-certified Building Pathways CT and administered by Bridgeport’s own workforce development agency, The Workplace, the program prepares its graduates–including minorities, women and veterans of Bridgeport–for potential registered labor apprenticeship programs. It represents a half-million-dollar investment to support residents of the city of Bridgeport.

“The education that Ready2Work program participants are being afforded is invaluable,” said Lori J. Pelletier, president of the Connecticut AFL-CIO. “These graduates are now on the path to a new career. Our continued hope is that our partnership with the building trades and the Connecticut State Department of Labor will have a lasting, positive impact on our graduates’ lives.”

Applications are being accepted now for the next Ready2Work Apprenticeship Training Program class, which begins in July. A limited number of candidates will be admitted to each class. For more information, visit

PSEG Power Connecticut’s Bridgeport Harbor and New Haven Harbor stations are part of PSEG Power LLC’s generating fleet.

PSEG Power LLC is an independent power producer that generates and sells electricity in the wholesale market, with a fleet totaling approximately 10,600 MWs of electric generating capacity, with 1,800 MWs under construction. It is a nationally recognized industry leader on environmental issues. PSEG Fossil LLC is one of four main subsidiaries of PSEG Power, and operates the company’s portfolio of natural gas, coal and oil-fired electric generating units.

PSEG Power is a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group Incorporated (PSEG) (NYSE:PEG), a diversified energy company with annual revenues of $9.1 billion and 13,000 employees. Headquartered in Newark, New Jersey, PSEG’s principal operating subsidiaries are: Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), PSEG Power, and PSEG Long Island. PSEG is a Fortune 500 company, included in the S&P 500 Index and is a decade-long member of the Dow Jones North American Sustainability Index. (



  1. This is just smoke and mirrors. How does it get person ready for construction apprenticeship programs/? Are they aware that the apprenticeship programs in the building trade unions are 5 years long and hold classes 2 nights a week?Are they aware that they will work in areas covering most of Fairfield cty and must provide their own transportation. If they are aware of all this then I wish them well.

  2. I spent 10 hours canvassing this weekend. I was generally pleased with how many voters are livid with Mayor Ganim. They have absolutely NOT forgotten about the largest tax increase in Bridgeport’s history in 2016.

    What was surprising was how many of these voters were so excited about voting for Ganim in 2015. I mean they were die hard fans. I see the anger more amongst white and Black voters than Hispanic voters, but Hispanic voters are open to being educated about Ganim on taxes, failing to fund our schools, and crime.

    I felt uplifted by my conversations with voters. I took it as a good sign.

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