Thanks to MCTC, seven more grads climbing up in the world…of work | MCTC

Thanks to MCTC, seven more grads climbing up in the world…of work

August 17, 2020
by Keith Kappes

 

Clayton Jamison of Augusta, Blake Hiller of Campbell County and five other residents of the region now have upward mobility in the world of work, thanks to completing their training in the line worker program at the Licking Valley Campus of Maysville Community and Technical College. 

“I’m really pleased with what I learned during those 10 weeks and I’m ready to start a good job,” said the 19-year-old Jamison. “This is a great program and I’m glad I made the investment.” 

Echoing those positive assessments was Blake Hiller, also 19, who described the training as “mainly serious but fun at times” while learning to work safely in a hazardous environment with his classmates. 

“Going up and down those poles every day really improved my physical stamina as I concentrated on the personal skills required by a professional line worker,” Hiller said. "I highly recommend this program to anyone looking for an important, good paying job.” 

Also completing the certificate program were Jake Carmack, Tyler Clary, Cody Moore, Dalton Riggs and Nathan York. 

Line worker training, still commonly called “lineman” training, has been offered at MCTC’s Rowan Campus for five years. It was expanded to LVC in Cynthiana this past school year with a generous grant from the R. C. Durr Foundation. 

Four of the seven graduates secured jobs within two weeks of completing the program late last month, according to Lenora Kinney, MCTC workforce solutions coordinator at LVC and a key figure in starting the new program. 

“A friend of the College let us establish our pole yard on his property and I spent several nights burning brush as we cleared the land for the 15 poles used by the students,” she recalls. “We realize this is a valuable program with a bright future and we’re proud of it.” 

The students at LVC are instructed by Devin Stephens, project coordinator for the line worker program. He has nearly six years of experience as a line worker with a utilities contractor. 

“I’m proud of these men for their achievement in spite of a two-month interruption because of the pandemic,” said Stephens. “All seven came back to the program and finished their requirements.” 

He noted that the 90-minute competition of line worker skills, sort of a graduation ceremony, was accomplished safely during a rainstorm. 

A line worker in Kentucky, on average, earns a starting wage between $35,000 and $40,000. Most are employed in the power transmission and telecommunications industries. Utility contractors often provide line workers to these companies in emergency situations. 

The program on the two MCTC campuses has a required fee of $5,000 and includes additional training in workplace safety, first aid and CPR, preparation for Class A commercial driver’s license examination, as well as for a drone pilot’s license. 

For more information about preparing for high-demand jobs, go to maysville.kctcs.edu.