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Date:December 11, 2017
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New workforce training program offers pathway to electric utility careers
Training available at two Louisiana Community and Technical College System campus sites

BATON ROUGE – Beginning in January, job seekers in South Louisiana can take advantage of a new program designed to usher participants into electrical line maintenance careers in six months or less.

The Certified Line Worker Training Program, sponsored in part by the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), will equip students with specialized training and certification to secure employment as line helpers and apprentices. It includes classroom instruction paired with hands-on skills training and assessment. Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible for employment and can expect to earn a salary of $33-40,000, with the potential to become senior-level line workers within six years, earning a base-level salary of $57,000.

The program will be available at Delgado Community College through a 26-week curriculum and at Fletcher Technical Community College in Schriever under a 16-week curriculum. Both programs offer the same amount of instruction time. Graduates will earn NCCER certification, a nationally-recognized credential, and will also receive job placement assistance.

Certified line workers play a critical role by installing transformers and other pole top equipment. They are able to identify defective devices, inspect and test power lines, and lay underground cable. Prior to finishing a similar program, 80 percent of the graduating class had acquired employment, and 100 percent were employed within three months of program completion.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalency, a valid driver’s license and must successfully pass a mechanical aptitude assessment, drug test and background check. Financial aid may also be available to students who qualify.

Information sessions will be held at Fletcher’s BP Integrated Production Technologies Building on Tuesday, December 12 at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., where prospective students can learn more about the enrollment process. Classes are scheduled to begin January 16.

The Certified Line Worker Training Program was developed as a proactive measure to supply area utility companies with qualified, skilled workers over the next five years.

“The Certified Line Worker Training program is a great example of the type of collaboration needed between Louisiana businesses and our state’s education system to develop the workforce that will power Louisiana’s future,” said Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana. “In Louisiana, both the opportunities and the workforce needs are great, and at Entergy, we are committed to helping improve the state's pool of qualified, skilled workers today to meet the demand created by our state’s growing economy. We look forward to being able to hire graduates of this program so that they can start careers in a job that is without question the backbone of our industry.”

LWC Executive Director Ava Dejoie adds, “Our agency is excited to join Delgado, Fletcher, and other industry partners in bringing this workforce development program to job seekers in our state. Such training initiatives can transform a person’s career by providing substantial wages and tremendous growth potential. We anticipate much success from this new initiative and all of its future graduates.”

For more information on Fletcher’s program, contact Crystal Chiasson at (985) 448-7938, or click here. Details regarding the Delgado program can be found here, or by calling (504) 671-6706.

About The Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.

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