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June 21, 2017

Meet the Interns: Dillon Ostendorf

Prairie State Generating Company is excited to welcome Dillon Ostendorf as a facilities intern for the summer of 2017.

Ostendorf is in his second year at Ranken Technical College in St. Louis where he has studied a variety of disciplines ranging from welding to hydraulics. It was well known around Ranken that Prairie State Generating Company was searching for interns. Ostendorf said many people applied from his program, but it was just he and warehouse intern Tarron Ivory that got the nod to work at Prairie State.

“I’m liking the internship a lot so far,” He said. “A lot of the things I’m doing are things that I like to do. I like to be hands on and work outside. I’m not the kind of person that can sit behind a desk. Air conditioning is nice, but I prefer to be outside.”

Ostendorf is excited to gain the experience from this internship and said it is a way to get his foot in the door not only at Prairie State, but as a potential candidate for jobs in the future by showing that he is a trustworthy and reliable worker here.

So far at Prairie State, Ostendorf has helped the facilities crew with a multitude of projects including laying down a concrete pad and filling potholes in the overflow parking lot at the power plant, re-spraying parking places at the mine as well as beautification projects around the campus.

Following his internship at Prairie State, Ostendorf will return to Ranken to finish the final year of his associates degree. After that he will return for one more year to earn his Bachelor’s from Ranken. Ostendorf said that if Prairie State were to offer him a position with the facilities or maintenance staff after he completes his education, he would be pleased to accept a full-time position.


June 20, 2017

Meet the Interns: Alec Jackson

Prairie State Generating Company is excited to welcome Alec Jackson as the corporate safety intern for the summer of 2017.

Jackson, who is a first year graduate student at Murray State studying industrial hygiene, and a native of Dexter, Missouri, views her internship as an opportunity to expand her skill set by getting hands on experience in a new industry. Previously she held internships with Pepsi for two straight summers.

“My work experience in safety is within production and manufacturing,” Jackson said. “I really wanted to try something different and the energy sector really interested me. Mining is a whole different ballgame and it isn’t covered in my curriculum, so I’m able to get hands on experience by coming here.”

Jackson referenced the opportunity to work at Prairie State as a way to gain familiarity with both the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Mine Safety and Health Administration. It is rare to find a company that complies with both sets of federal safety standards.

Currently, Jackson is creating emergency action and emergency response plans as well as a safety management system for the corporate office. She is also working on a proposal for a power plant egress plan which will help employees get up and down the power plant’s stack in a safer manner.

Jackson’s reasons for working in occupational safety and health align with one of Prairie State’s core values; get everyone home safe at the end of the day.

“I grew up in a blue collar family. I was always worried if dad would come home every day. I always hated that feeling especially since he lost co-workers on the job. I’ve also lost family due to occupational disasters and incidents,” she said. “When I got introduced to safety as a career, I fell in love with the idea and the curriculum. I can feel like I make a difference whether it is with one person or a lot.”

Following the completion of her master’s degree at Murray State, Jackson hopes to work internationally to help other countries raise their levels of occupational safety by creating and working with new safety programs in nations that may not be on the same safety level as the United States.