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Electrical Lineworker Apprenticeship Program to Begin at OTC

Okefenokee Technical College will begin its first Electrical Lineworker Apprenticeship Program beginning April 2007. This program is being started at the request of several utility companies. Many lineworkers are approaching retirement, and there is expected to be a significant shortage of qualified replacements within the next five years. According to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), there are approximately 250,000 electrical line workers nationwide.  However, in the next 5 years, approximately 100,000 of those will retire. Lineworker Program

The implementation process for the Electrical Lineworker program has included collaborative partnerships with several utility companies around the state. 

Over the past year, representatives from surrounding area utilities have met on a regular basis with Okefenokee Technical College officials to start the program. Since the program is very equipment intensive, many of these companies have agreed to help provide specific equipment items and/or funding to meet these needs. Among those utilities who have already contributed money and/or equipment are Satilla REMC, the Southern Company (Georgia Power), and Williams Electric.

The program will be just eight weeks, and plans are to start a new program each quarter. Students will be covered under the HOPE Grant for eligible Georgia citizens.

This new program will offer graduates above-average starting pay with highly respected companies, and interviews are guaranteed for posted job openings with several of the utility companies, including Georgia Power.

The class will be limited to 15 students each quarter. Anyone interested should contact the OTC Economic Development department at (912) 285-6474 or (912) 287-5854.


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