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MEEKER — Jason Kracht, an employee with White River Electric Association in Meeker, has successfully completed one of the most comprehensive training programs in the world for power line personnel.
The Merchant Job Training and Safety Program (MJTS) is administered to line personnel in 38 states of the United States. MJTS is also under contract with NRECA International, LTD. supplying a Spanish program for use around the world. The academic program is administered through computers and fax machines for immediate response including assistance through a Web site. Each utility has an acting training coordinator assisting their trainees by administering “closed book” testing.
The coordinators manage their own people throughout the training process from rules set by the MJTS and the statewide association people.
Kracht completed the courses with “honors” recognition. In addition, he has completed more than 8,000 hours of on the job training with White River Electric and is now recognized by the United States Department of Labor as a line repairer.