Keeping Power On in the Region
Warren County Career Center is helping to keep the power on in the region through its Electrical Power Line Mechanic programs, training workers for the utility industry. WCCC offers classes at its Main Campus in Lebanon, and also satellite programs at Upper Valley Career Center and Scarlet Oaks Career Campus. After a two-month COVID-19 shutdown, a class of 12 Adult Power Line students graduated on July 6. Less than a month later, students from this cohort have landed lineman jobs with American Lighting & Signalization, the Bowlin Group, Team Fishel, Dayton Power & Light, and the City of Lebanon.
Instructor Gail Eppley made a quick transition and took over the current Lebanon day class from instructor Jack Jones, who retired in July. On Aug. 5, a representative from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 71, made a presentation to the Lebanon day class. He discussed the pros and cons of union versus non-union employers; compensation and benefits; work and travel expectations; and the union apprenticeship program.
John Sullivan, Electrical Power Line Mechanic program coordinator, advised students that when they make decisions about their employment, that they need to look at all their options. "You'll have many opportunities and decisions to make after graduation,” he said. “Make smart decisions by being informed."
A third cohort of lineman students will graduate from the WCCC satellite Upper Valley campus program on Sept. 17 and a fourth class will graduate from the WCCC satellite Scarlet Oaks campus on March 1, 2021.