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Office of Insular Affairs Technical Assistance Program Gives $1M to WAPA

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Office on St. Croix (Source file photo)

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (Authority) has received a $1 million grant from the Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) Technical Assistance Program. This grant will strengthen ongoing efforts to enhance technical training and development programs, building on the Authority’s history of empowering employees and ensuring the safe and reliable operation of the electric grid.

In the past, funds from the Office of Insular Affairs Technical Assistance Program have been instrumental in conducting various training initiatives that have significantly contributed to the professional growth and expertise of the workforce. Notably, WAPA certified 30 linemen through the U.S. Department of Labor Apprenticeship program with a partnership with Electric Cities of Georgia and two Information Technology employees in Cyber Security protocols through SANS.

Our commitment to empowering employees with technical, safety and leadership skills has led to the establishment of a hybrid training program, diversifying the learning approach, and ensuring that the Authority’s workforce is equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in their roles. Additionally, a partnership with Northwest Lineman College has elevated training and development standards for WAPA employees, further enhancing their capabilities and readiness to meet the demands of the industry.

The newly awarded grant will enable the Authority to continue efforts in ensuring the safe and reliable operation of the electric grid while providing opportunities for upward mobility and professional development for employees. By qualifying employees according to industry best practices and safety standards, the Authority reinforces its commitment to continuous improvement in all aspects of operations.

The Authority extends sincere gratitude to the Office of Insular Affairs for their support and investment in workforce development initiatives, which are essential for the continued growth and success of the Authority and the overall territory.

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority Communication Department is committed to reaching, informing and connecting with the youngest members of the community to the eldest, through meaningful, transparent and effective communication.

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