Energy Consortium breaks ground on training center at BIC
UA – Pulaski Tech Business and Industry Center is now home to rows of utility poles for training line workers. Leaders from utility companies in the state, workforce development groups and community colleges were on hand March 25 while workers set the first pole for the new certified line worker training program.
The first cohort of students in the program is scheduled to begin in late summer and will last approximately six months. Students who complete the program will be certified in several areas, including Certified Line Worker, National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core, Power Line and Power Line Worker Level 1 with modules from 2 and 3; Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10; cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPA) First Aid Basic Plus; and 600 hours of curriculum and exercises. Some students will receive Commercial Drivers’ License (CDL) Training as well.
“Entergy Arkansas is like every other electric utility in the state and across the country,” said Michael Considine, vice president of customer service for Entergy Arkansas. “We don’t have to look very far into the future to see that we will need more line workers, and we will need a more diverse skill set and experience level from those workers. We are excited to partner with all the other electric utilities in the state as well as our contractors, state workforce groups and the community colleges to help identify and train the line workers for the future. Sometimes people forget that line workers are first responders in storms and natural disasters. These men and women are critical to keeping all of our lives and businesses running smoothly.”
Students interested in being part of the first cohort for UA – Pulaski Tech should call (501) 907-6670.
The Arkansas Energy Workforce Consortium is a coalition of electric utilities and contractors, community colleges and workforce development groups which projects energy worker needs and finds creative solutions to locate, educate and train workers for careers in energy in Arkansas.For more information and to apply for the program, visit www.uaptc.edu/powerline
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