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College, Con Edison Energize Students' Career Hopes

More than a dozen students from Westchester Community College took a step toward a new career possibility this week when they graduated from a course with the know-how to work on natural gas lines.

Con Edison worked with the college to offer the course, providing equipment and training to help prepare the students for jobs in natural gas construction.

With Con Edison’s gas business growing, the energy company needs technicians who can install and repair gas lines to keep service safe and reliable for its 1.1 million natural gas customers. The goal of the partnership is to broaden the labor pool of qualified natural gas mechanics for important infrastructure projects.

The company operates approximately 4,000 miles of gas mains and service lines in Manhattan, the Bronx, parts of Queens, and Westchester County. About half of those gas mains are cast-iron or unprotected steel.

Con Edison is replacing more than 70 miles of gas main this year. The company is proposing to increase that to 100 miles annually as part of a 20-year infrastructure renewal program. This new program is driven by the increasing demand for the cleaner natural gas which requires a larger skilled work force.

Con Edison has also been busy converting over 6,000 customers from oil to natural gas, which is cleaner, more efficient and less expensive. Under New York City’s Clean Heat program, Con Edison has converted thousands of large buildings to natural gas.

After the graduation ceremony, the college held a job fair to help pair the graduates with employers looking to hire technicians.

Con Edison reminds customers that anyone who suspects an odor of gas should leave the area and call 911 or their utility. For Con Edison, that number is 1-800-CONED.

Consolidated Edison, Inc. is one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $47 billion in assets. The company provides a wide range of energy-related products and services to its customers through its two regulated utility subsidiaries and its three competitive energy businesses. For additional financial, operations and customer service information, visit Consolidated Edison, Inc.'s website at