As part of the commitment to the people and communities of Puerto Rico, LUMA’s parent companies, Quanta and ATCO, are building a world-class technical facility on the island. The campus will offer customized curriculum and hands-on training to LUMA utility workers and Puerto Rico’s next generation of skilled workers.
Quanta and ATCO are investing more than $10 million in the purchase of approximately 24 acres of land in Canovanas, Puerto Rico, and launch of campus construction. The campus will include an outdoor skills training field, an indoor learning laboratory, an administrative and classroom operations building and covered equipment and personnel parking structures. This will create approximately 22,000 square feet of usable building space.
The college is also designed to boost economic development throughout the island, and this project is expected to create around 50 jobs during construction and up to 12 full-time employment opportunities. In addition to the individuals directly and indirectly supporting the operations of LUMA College, we plan to train and upskill thousands of technical workers across the island. This will support a more effective overall workforce and a safer and more resilient electric grid. We believe a safe, reliable electric grid is the backbone to economic development.
The LUMA training facility will be powered by Northwest Lineman College, which currently operates four campuses on the U.S. mainland, and will have a customized curriculum. Our commitment to a high level of safety and training for the people of Puerto Rico includes our mobile training unit, which was unveiled in tandem with the introduction of LUMA.