Heidi BenedictPlant Production SupervisorXcel Energy In Summer of 2002, 35-year old Heidi Benedict, an Environmental Analyst at Xcel Energy, responded to an ad in the company e-newsletter about the EPCE program.
"I had a Masters degree in Business but I needed a better understanding of how our business operates - and, in a usable format where I could get online and do it when it was convenient for me." And the EPCE
program fit the bill.Benedict studied evenings and weekends from her computer to complete the program, and earned her A.A.S. degree this spring.
was enrolled, Benedict
applied for a new position at an Xcel
coal-fired power plant, and found that her
courses made a difference."I think the courses enabled me to handle the interview better - I knew what I was talking about."As a result, Benedict has started a new job as Plant Production Supervisor, with primary responsibility for managing the daily activities of approximately 15 maintenance employees.She
recommends the program to her
co-workers and offers this advice for success: "This is all about time management.You're the driver in this, and you have to meet deadlines."Since Heidi's
been going to school since she
graduated high school, she
plans on taking a rest from studying for a while and concentrating on mastering her