AEP has several training facilities, including distribution line training schools, that are important resources for hands-on training to learn new skills and sharpen existing ones.
Providing our workforce with the proper tools and training is part of our commitment to employees. AEP provides a broad range of training and assistance that supports lifelong learning and transition support. Programs develop knowledge, competencies and learning that collectively benefit our employees, the business objectives of AEP and the communities we serve.
Our knowledge and skills development strategy is accomplished through our processes for ongoing performance coaching, operational skills training, resources supporting our commitment to environment, safety and health, job progression training, tuition assistance, and other forms of training that help employees improve their skills and become better leaders. In 2015, AEP employees completed more than 1 million hours of training, as tracked in our corporate-wide learning management system.
To ensure a pipeline for our future work force needs, AEP has training alliances with various community colleges, vocational and technical schools across our 11-state service territory. We work with these institutions to develop academic programs needed to prepare employees for upward mobility opportunities and to attract external job seekers interested in a career in our industry. Our education partners include: Columbus State Community College, Ohio Mid-East Career & Technical Center, Texas State Technical College, and Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology, among many others.