MCTC Lineman Training School Graduates Assist in Hurricane Relief Efforts
by Brandy Esham
When Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma slammed into the United States in August, our hearts ached for those affected in Texas and Florida, but for two Maysville Community & Technical College (MCTC) Lineman Training School graduates, it was a call to action.
Aaron Shelley and Isaiah Danis are both graduates of MCTC’s Lineman Training School’s spring class of 2016 and current lineman for Davis H. Elliott in Lexington, KY. Shelley, a 2016 graduate from Montgomery County High School, spent 15 days restoring power to those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Rockport, Texas and 13 days restoring power to those affected by Hurricane Irma in West Palm Beach, Florida. Shelley says upon arriving in Texas, 250,000 were without power. He and his team helped reset around 150 electric poles in a little over two weeks. Shelley said the days were long, sometimes working more than 13 hours a day, but he would do it again.
“MCTC’s Lineman Training School changed my life. I wouldn’t have been able to help out in Texas or Florida if it wasn’t for this program. I had some great teachers during my time at MCTC that helped my dreams of helping people and doing a career I love come true.”
Isaiah Danis, a 2016 graduate of Montgomery County High School, was part of an overflow team that arrived in West Palm Beach, Florida to help with recovery efforts after Hurricane Irma. Danis spent 2 days in Florida eager to help those in need. Having a share in the recovery effort helped Danis to see he made the right career choice.
“MCTC’s Lineman Training School didn’t help me just get a job, it helped me start a worthwhile career. I am always learning more, every day I learn something new, but this program gave me a great start and helped me begin a career I enjoy.”
Shelley and Danis are now back in Kentucky helping restore power to those locally, but they haven’t lost their volunteer spirit. They recently came back to MCTC’s Rowan Campus to help out with the current Lineman Training School. The current class begin October 1 and will last 9 weeks. After completing the 9 week course, students will receive 5 different certifications:
- Class A CDL
- OSHA 10 Flagger
- Pole Top Rescue
MCTC would like to thank Aaron Shelley and Isaiah Danis for all their hard work and dedication!
If you would like to start a rewarding career, check out our current programs of study, including the Lineman Training School, on our website: www.maysville.kctcs.edu