Twenty-two new electrical linemen were all smiles on August 1, as they received their certificates. Forsyth Technical Community College congratulated the 40th class to graduate from the nine-week program at the Northwest Forsyth Center in King, N.C.
Since 2010, Forsyth Tech has trained nearly 400 workers in the nine-week program. Forsyth Tech was one of the first colleges to start this type of program and is currently the only nationally certified line worker class in North Carolina.
The guest speaker was David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president who encouraged the graduates as they begin an exciting new career.
“We rely on the skills and expertise of line workers to power our daily lives and depend on this vital role in maintaining and growing the state’s energy infrastructure,” said Fountain. “We’re proud to support Forsyth Technical Community College’s program to train the next generation of line workers.”
Lineman jobs are in high demand as older workers are retiring. All 22 linemen have received job offers, many ready to start a new job next week.
“Forsyth Tech is proud of our electrical lineman graduates, our instructors and the overall program,” said President of Forsyth Tech Gary Green. “Through our community partnerships with Duke Energy and the utility contractor companies, we have developed a quality instruction program that will provide a great foundation for these students to have a life-long career.”
David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president was the guest speaker for the Electrical Lineman Program graduation ceremony at Northwest Forsyth Center on August 1, 2018.
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