Thursday, November 5, 2015

Forum guides women on the ins and outs of utility work

Susan Jenkins

One crafted yummy appetizers as a country club pantry chef. Another delivered packages to cargo planes as a FedEx hub driver. Both switched careers to become MLGW utility workers.

Former chef Susan Jenkins and former driver Glynis Finnie will be sharing their stories at the Nontraditional Careers for Women forum on Friday, Nov. 13 at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 800 East Parkway South.

“My mother always told me, ‘If you can ever get on at MLGW or BellSouth, you’ll be covered for life,’ ” Jenkins said. Since she was hired 28 years ago, Jenkins has risen through the ranks and is now a general foreman in the gas department.

Finnie has operated a back hoe and changed out street lights from a bucket truck during her 25-year MLGW career. She is now a crew leader in the electric department. 
“It’s a field that has endless possibilities,” Finnie said. “I can go anywhere in the world to work.”

While participants will learn what it takes to be a utility worker, this is not a jobs fair. It is also limited to the first 150 women who sign up online. The forum is from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. with lunch provided.

At a glance:

·        Nontraditional Careers for Women forum
·        Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
·        Salvation Army Kroc Center on East Parkway near Central
·        Limited to 150 participants

on left Glynis Finnie with map and blue shirt

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