Groton Utilities Welcomes New Apprentice from Grasso Tech

Groton Utilities Director Ron Gaudet signs apprenticeship agreement at Grasso Tech

Back in 2017 Groton Utilities worked with the State of Connecticut Department of Labor, specifically with Isaiah Curtis, to have a pre-apprenticeship electrician position recognized for a student through a partnership with Ella T. Grasso Vocational Technical High School.

We are happy to announce that the 2019 student selected for this position through an interview is Samarie Delgado.

A contingent from Groton Utilities and the City of Groton were present at Grasso Tech on Tuesday morning to sign paperwork to make official Samarie’s pre-apprenticeship.

As part of the this program the student will accumulate 1,500 hours through Grasso Tech’s education and shop time while at school. Additionally she will accumulate apprenticeship hours while working under Groton Utilities’ E1 licensed Electrician Steven Schaub throughout the rest of her school years.

This will give the Samarie upwards of 2,000 apprenticeship hours recognized by the State of Connecticut toward the required 8,000 to qualify for an E2 license.

An apprenticeship affords a student tremendous educational opportunities by offering on–the-job training along with academic instruction that will prepare the student with the skills needed to advance in his or her chosen trade. The result is a skilled craft worker with industry-driven training and an employer with a competitive edge.

We are proud to announce this successful internship/apprenticeship partnership as it continues to provide “real-world” hands-on experience for our young technical trade students in Southeastern Connecticut.

Ella T. Grasso Technical High School is a trades-based learning institution that has a long history in southeastern Connecticut. Grasso Tech recently opened its brand new state-of-the-art building back in early September of this year. Approximately 550 students currently are enrolled at Grasso Tech.

GU/Bozrah Light and Power Present Rebate to Elmbrook Village

On Wednesday, November 6th Groton Utilities/Bozrah Light and Power presented Optimus Senior Living with a rebate check in the amount of $53,560 as part of Groton Utilities’ energy conservation program. Elmbrook Village in Bozrah, owned and run by Optimus Senior Living, is a senior living community that features independent living, assisted living and memory care support. Elmbrook recently completed a LED installation project, for which they applied and were granted the rebate from Groton Utilities/Bozrah Light and Power.

“Elmbrook Village, which is brand new, has over 1,400 light fixtures,” said Groton Utilities Energy Engineer Hollis McKee, “and these LED light installations reduce their energy consumption by 60% compared to conventional fluorescent lighting. It really is a great thing.”

Groton Utilities encourages customers and businesses to embrace energy conservation and offer a number of rebate programs to assist customers and businesses in making the switch to energy-conscience technologies.

At the presentation were (from left to right) Dean Forier (Elmbrook Village Maintenance), Ron Gaudet (Groton Utilities Director), K. Christian Boyson (Optimus), Keith Hedrick (Mayor, City of Groton), Frederick Mielke (Optimus Owner), Glenn Pianka (Bozrah First Selectman), William Ballinger (Bozrah First Selectman).

Groton Utilities offers residential and business customers a variety of energy conservation programs to help reduce energy costs. These programs are designed to help people reduce energy costs by promoting the installation of more energy efficient lighting, air conditioning, heat pump water heaters, electric motors, and refrigeration solutions.

In addition to these programs Groton Utilities has started a pilot rebate program for the acquisition of plug in electric cars and level 2 chargers. Read more about Groton Utilities energy conservation programs on the company website ( under the Energy Conservation section.

Elmbrook Village at Bozrah features 115 apartments, including one and two-bedroom options as well as studio apartments. Independent living residents are encouraged to live active lifestyles with a wide variety of activities and entertainment onsite. Those needing more care are provided the appropriate level of assistance given their condition. For more information about Elmbrook Village at Bozrah visit their website or call them at 860-861-9704.