MCTC Lineworker Program Expands to Licking Valley Campus | MCTC

MCTC Lineworker Program Expands to Licking Valley Campus

December 17, 2019

The Licking Valley Campus of Maysville Community & Technical College has a special reason to be grateful this holiday season. The campus will be adding a Lineworker program to its class offerings beginning spring 2020. 

MCTC first introduced the program on the Rowan Campus in 2015 and looks to replicate its success with the addition of the program in Cynthiana. 

The class can be completed in ten weeks and each cohort will consist of twelve to fifteen students. Upon graduation, the students will have earned a series of certificates that will provide a useful skillset to their future employers. Certifications earned include a lineman certificate, roadside flagger, first aid/CPR, OSHA 10, Class A CDL, as well as an FAA Drone Pilot’s License.

"Our goal is to provide employers with a well-rounded candidate by the time they complete the program," says Lennie Kinney, LVC Campus Workforce Solutions Liaison. "Our program has a great reputation for producing exceptional workers. We are excited about what this expansion can do for those in our community looking for a high-wage, high demand career." 

"We have already seen an outpouring of support from our community and industry partners," says Lori Gaunce, Licking Valley Campus Director. "We've received hard hats from Bullard, safety glasses from 3M, grass seed from Hinton Mills and the tract of land where the pole yard will be located was offered for use of the college by Danny Tackett of Cynthiana Tire.” 

Additionally, East Kentucky Power aided in tree removal while friend of the college, Kevin Farrell mowed the property.  Kentucky Utilities provided assistance when acquiring the poles for the pole yard as well as the bucket truck that will be utilized by the class. Bluegrass Energy was also a valuable resource when applying for the grant that allowed the college to expand the program.

Primary funding for the program expansion was made possible by a grant from the Durr Foundation. 

Earlier this year the college was recognized with a Bellwether Finalist Award for the design of its Lineworker program. The Bellwether Awards recognize excellence in post-secondary curriculum design and provide a platform to share best practices among other institutions. The college was recently informed that they have been chosen to present at the upcoming 2020 Community College Futures Assembly coordinated by the Bellwether College Consortium next February.  

Anyone interested in learning more about the Lineworker program at the Licking Valley Campus in Cynthiana should contact Lennie Kinney at 859-234-8626 ext. 66419 or by email at lenora.kinney@kctcs.edu.