Workforce Development Initiative announces sustainable
job programs

GAHANNA, Ohio, Nov. 4, 2010 -- AEP Ohio, a unit of American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP), announced today award recipients of its $500,000 workforce development program grants. The grants were designed to help low-income Ohioans prepare for jobs in an evolving economy. AEP Ohio’s program is part of the company’s “Partnership with Ohio” plan, a $15 million three-year (2009-2011) commitment to health, hunger and housing programs serving Ohioans in need.

AEP Ohio’s goal is to help establish workforce development programs to prepare Ohioans for jobs in this struggling economy,” said Joe Hamrock, AEP Ohio president and chief operating officer. “Today’s announcement takes a meaningful step to developing the programs that will start to accomplish that goal.”

AEP Ohio is providing 13 POWER (Putting Ohioans to Work for Economic Recovery) grants of up to $100,000 to boards of County Commissions to fund workforce development proposals targeting low-income Ohioans within the AEP Ohio service territory. Low-income Ohioans include those who are at or below 200 percent of the 2009-2010 Federal Poverty Guidelines. The grants are being awarded to new programs that seek to prepare future employees for opportunities in Ohio’s targeted industries identified by the Ohio Department of Development, and for retraining displaced workers to take advantage of new career opportunities.

AEP Ohio received 22 applications for the POWER grants. There are 18 counties represented in the 13 separate programs being awarded funds. Part of the requirement to apply for the grants was to collaborate with other local and regional organizations to obtain matching funds for at least 25 percent of the proposed project’s budget. In addition to the grant amounts received from AEP Ohio, the chosen programs have obtained over $618,000 in matching funds and contributions from private businesses and other governmental programs.

All proposals were reviewed, evaluated and scored by a panel including representatives of leading institutions of higher learning in the State of Ohio. Representatives of AEP Ohio did not participate in proposal evaluations.

The counties being awarded POWER grants are:

Carroll County Delaware County Hocking County Holmes County Tuscarawas County Athens and Perry Counties Fairfield, Pickaway and Ross Counties Hardin County Monroe, Morgan and Noble Counties Scioto County Marion County Belmont County Franklin County

“ AEP Ohio wanted to work with other businesses and government to help ease the burden Ohio families face,” said Joseph Hamrock, AEP Ohio president and chief operating officer. “This initiative will help to prepare over 1400 Ohioans for the workforce moving forward.”

AEP Ohio’s Partnership With Ohio (PWO) Fund is a three-year $15 million shareholder-funded program that provides additional help in the areas of health, hunger and housing to Ohio’s needy families. The programs are designed to include families with incomes up to 200 percent of the federal poverty level, a segment of the population that often does not qualify for state and federal aid.

Since 2009, the company has provided through the PWO Fund over $7.5 million to support regional food banks and United Way agencies, workforce development initiatives, direct bill payment assistance and weatherization efforts for low-income customers. AEP Ohio also has used the funding to support the company’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program, which is designed to help low-income customers struggling to pay their electric bill. Other PWO contributions will be announced throughout 2010.

AEP Ohio provides electricity to nearly 1.5 million customers of major AEP subsidiaries Columbus Southern Power Company and Ohio Power Company in Ohio, and Wheeling Power Company in the northern panhandle of West Virginia. AEP Ohio is based in Gahanna, Ohio, and is a unit of American Electric Power.

American Electric Power is one of the largest electric utilities in the United States, delivering electricity to more than 5 million customers in 11 states. AEP ranks among the nation’s largest generators of electricity, owning nearly 38,000 megawatts of generating capacity in the U.S. AEP also owns the nation’s largest electricity transmission system, a nearly 39,000-mile network that includes more 765-kilovolt extra-high voltage transmission lines than all other U.S. transmission systems combined. AEP’s transmission system directly or indirectly serves about 10 percent of the electricity demand in the Eastern Interconnection, the interconnected transmission system that covers 38 eastern and central U.S. states and eastern Canada, and approximately 11 percent of the electricity demand in ERCOT, the transmission system that covers much of Texas. AEP’s utility units operate as AEP Ohio, AEP Texas, Appalachian Power (in Virginia and West Virginia), AEP Appalachian Power (in Tennessee), Indiana Michigan Power, Kentucky Power, Public Service Company of Oklahoma, and Southwestern Electric Power Company (in Arkansas, Louisiana and east Texas). AEP’s headquarters are in Columbus, Ohio. # # #

Terri Flora
AEP Ohio Corporate Communications

More From AEP Texas

Learn More Connected To You. Connected To Texas.

Connected To You. Connected To Texas.

Use Online Form Report Outages On Your Mobile Phone

Report Outages On Your Mobile Phone

Watch The Video

Downed Lines On Your Car

Visit AEP.com
Use of this site constitutes acceptance of the AEP Terms and Conditions. View our Privacy Policy. © 1996-2019 American Electric Power. All Rights Reserved.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy for AEP Texas, a unit of American Electric Power (AEP)


This Privacy Policy applies only to AEPTexas.com and the AEP Texas customer mobile app (com.aep.customerapp.aeptexas). Other AEP websites and apps may be governed by their own privacy policies, appropriate to the uses and needs of each. Throughout the site or app, we may provide links to resources and sites that are not part of AEPTexas.com or the AEP Texas customer mobile app. This Privacy Policy does not apply to those resources and sites.


By using this site or app, you consent to the terms of this Privacy Policy. Whenever you submit information via this site or app, you agree to the collection, use, and disclosure of that information in accordance with this Privacy Policy.

Information Collected

  1. Passively collected information

    During your use of this site or app, we may collect anonymous information about your visit here through the use of server logs, cookies, scripts, tracking pixels and other Web traffic tracking systems. This information is aggregated and used to improve user experience through analysis of user activities. This information is never combined with any of the personally identifiable information you may provide in your use of the features of this site or app.
  2. Personally identifiable information

    On certain forms of this site or app, you may be asked to provide information about yourself or your account with us, either to identify yourself to us or to request a service from us. In each case, we will inform you what information is provided at your option and what information is required to complete the transaction or activity you are engaged in. If you are unwilling to provide this required information, you will be unable to complete the requested transaction.

Use and disclosure of information

The information you provide to us will be used to respond to requests you may make for services. Some or all of this information may be added to your permanent account record and may be used for research purposes.

In addition, we may use elements of this information in the following situations:

  1. We may transfer the information to AEP Texas’s affiliates and subsidiaries, unless such transfer is prohibited by law;
  2. We may transfer the information as part of a merger, consolidation, acquisition, divestiture or other corporate restructuring (including bankruptcy);
  3. We may make the information available to third parties who are providing the product, service or information that you have requested (but not your password);
  4. We may make such information available to third parties who are providing services to AEP Texas (for example, providing the information to third parties performing computer-related services for AEP Texas);
  5. We may use the information to communicate with you about products and services that may be of interest to you.
  6. We may disclose the information if we form a good-faith belief that disclosure of such information is necessary to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding any illegal activities or regarding interference with the operation of our site or violation of its terms of use; or
  7. We may disclose the information if we believe that disclosure is required by law or regulation or in response to a subpoena or other order of a court or other governmental agency.

AEP Texas uses Flurry Analytics Service (provided by Yahoo) in order to improve its mobile apps. Flurry’s privacy policy governs the use of this information.

Also, AEP Texas reserves the right to share any aggregated information (i.e., non-personally identifiable information) with any third parties for any reason, unless prohibited by law.

We will not sell, rent or otherwise disclose the information we gather about you or your account to any third party, except as outlined in this Privacy Policy.


AEP Texas takes reasonable steps to protect your personally identifiable information as it is transferred to us, through the use of Web technologies such as the Secure Sockets Layer and others. However, no Internet transmission of information is ever completely secure or error-free. In particular, e-mail sent to or from AEP Texas may not be secure.

How to Reach Us

If you would like to update your personally identifiable information or if you have questions about this privacy policy, please contact us.

Changes to This Policy

AEP Texas reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy at any time. If this Privacy Policy changes, the revised policy will be posted to this site. Please review this Privacy Policy before you provide any personally identifiable information through this site. Use of our web site after the posting of a revised privacy policy constitutes your consent to the revised policy.

This policy was last revised on December 13, 2017.

Close ×

Sign Up For Alerts

Subscribing to AEP Texas alerts gives you instant notification for:

  • Billing & Payments - avoid late payments and disconnection
  • Outage Updates - find out if there's an outage at your address and when power will be back on

Win an Xbox One with Alerts!

Enroll in alerts to be eligible to win. Subscribing to I&M alerts gives you instant notification for:

  • Billing & Payments - avoid late payments and disconnection
  • Outage Updates - find out if there's an outage at your address and when power will be back on

Loading video...