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High Energy Career for High Energy Alum Mackington Joseph

West Windsor, NJ: When it comes to energy, Mackington Joseph is an authority, both on a personal and professional level. A training and development specialist in engineering with Public Service Electric and Gas Company, Joseph has earned three associate degrees from Mercer County Community College (Electronics Engineering Technology '05; Energy Utility Technology '06; and Mathematics '07).

Joseph was no stranger to education when he arrived in the United States from Haiti in 2000. He had earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1998 from the Law and Economics University of Haiti; however he spoke French and Creole, not English. In an unusual juxtaposition, his initial classes in the U.S. included both calculus and basic English.

Introduced to PSE&G through Mercer's Utility Technology Program, which partners with the giant energy firm, Joseph took his academic classes at Mercer while learning at PSE&G through a hands-on internship. After Mercer, Joseph felt more than ready for the career opportunities PSE&G offered. "Mercer definitely prepared me for my career path," he said. "I had the will to learn and great instructors who were always there when I needed help."

At PSE&G, Joseph teaches apprentice engineering technicians throughout the company the principles of electronics and electric system from generation to distribution. He has also remained a student, earning his bachelor's and master's degrees, and is now beginning a Ph.D. program at Walden University where he is studying management leadership and organizational change. "I see many changes coming to organizations in the future," he said.

Joseph also works at MCCC as a senior adjunct instructor in electronics courses, and plans to continue to teach part-time. "I love teaching," he said. "Maybe it's because I was so lacking in communication skills when I got here. I will keep doing it." Other future goals include owning his own business.

Helping to rebuild after the earthquake in Haiti is another interest. Joseph is following former President Clinton's initiative to build the electrical infrastructure there. "We will see how far the construction will go, and I will see how I can help eventually. I want to make a difference," he said.

Joseph sees Mercer as the place that gave him a broad academic foundation. "My supervisors mention MCCC constantly," he said. "It's not surprising to see that the number of Mercer graduates hired by PSE&G has increased enormously. The innovative courses, laboratory experiments and close interaction between instructors and students make it top-rate."

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