What you need to know about Tri-State’s rotation employees

Editor’s note: Rachel Jaakkola is one of five current Tri-State rotation employees. Her present assignment is in the member relations group, which includes the communications department. As such, she wrote and posted this article.

The current group of rotation employees — participants in the program that first began at Tri-State in 2009.

The current group of rotation employees — participants in the program that first began at Tri-State in 2009.

In 2009, Tri-State created the rotation employee program whereby recent college graduates are hired, visit a department, do some work in the area and travel on to the next department.

It’s a great mutual learning opportunity for the departments and the employee — the department gets fresh insight from an outside employee and the employee gets the chance to learn about the job duties of the department and how they relate to the enterprise.

The rotation employees continue this process for approximately two years, working with each senior vice president’s group at Tri-State. The time spent under each SVP is correlated to the projects and working opportunities — generally for a minimum of two months.

After completing the rotation program, they are ready to be placed in their regular full-time position, which is determined in advance based on the employee’s area of study in school and previous experience.

The recruiting team at Tri-State starts the process of selecting new rotation employees in the spring of each year. With the direction of the SVPs, they target specific areas of study, which in the past have been civil engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, employee services (HR), finance, accounting and information technology.

Once the graduating rotation employees complete the interview process and are selected, they start their journey through the rotation program as a regular, full-time Tri-State employee.

There are five rotation employees in the program at any given time. They are on staggered schedules, so while three employees might graduate from the program one year, another two employees may have one year left to complete. Below are the employees currently in the rotation program with a little background on each.

JoeyName: Joey Caruso
Time in the program: Two months
College attended: Colorado School of Mines
Degree: Environmental Engineering
Ending department: Environmental
Fun Fact: “I have the top score on Dance, Dance Revolution at 10 different arcades in the state of Colorado.”


RachelName: Rachel Jaakkola
Time in the program: One year and two months
College attended: Colorado State University
Degree: Business Management with a concentration in human resources
Ending department: Employee Services
Fun Fact:  “I have 45 cats and I’m always looking for more!”


NickName: Nick Shipman
Time in the program: One year and two months
College attended: Colorado School of Mines
Degree: Electrical Engineering
Ending department: Transmission
Fun Fact: “I have watched The Notebook over 500 times and I still cry at the end!”


MilesName: Miles Morgan
Time in the program: One year and two months
College attended: University of Nebraska
Degree: Civil Engineering
Ending department: Generation
Fun Fact: “I have read each Twilight book 100 times. Don’t ever bring up Edward because I am totally Team Jacob!”


JasonName:  Jason Musso
Time in the program: Two months
College attended: Colorado State University
Degree: Finance
Ending department: Finance
Fun Fact: “One time I camped out in front of a radio station for three days in order to win Justin Bieber tickets!”


Previous rotation employees – where are they now?

Since the rotation program started in 2009, there have been many people who have completed it and moved on to their full-time assignments. The previous rotation employees and departments in which they are currently working include:

  • Julie Welch, transmission asset management
  • Colin Stanley, generation
  • Brandon Aguirre, information technology
  • Cesar Cervantes, information technology
  • Jennifer Beffert, substation civil
  • Roman Sanchez, plant accounting
  • Isaac Anokye, generation
  • Matthew Fitzgibbon, products and rates

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