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Electrical Lineworker Committee Meets to Discuss Program Status

The purpose of the meeting was to introduce Kevin Metts, the new program director, to the group and to discuss program status and updates. As always, another goal of the meeting was to solicit input from the group for program improvement. Lineworker Committee

“I certainly want to thank the committee members and their respective companies for their continued support of this program,” stated Brannen, following the meeting. “The success of this program is due to the fact we have a strong partnership with these companies and with the business community in general.”  
Okefenokee Technical College began its first Electrical Lineworker Apprenticeship Program in April 2007 at the request of several utility companies. Many lineworkers are approaching retirement, and there is expected to be a significant shortage of qualified replacements within the next five years.
The program is just eight weeks, and most students will be covered under the HOPE Grant. The program will offer graduates above-average starting pay with highly respected companies, and interviews are guaranteed for posted job openings with several of the utility companies, including Georgia Power.
Classes are limited to 15 students each quarter. Anyone interested should contact the OTC Economic Development department at (912) 287-5854.

Photo: Several utility company representatives met recently with OTC officials to discuss the status of the Electrical Lineworker program. Those attending the meeting included Dan Walker, ETC Schools – WIA (back L-R); Bentley Carter, Satilla REMC; Earl Music, Pike Electric; Bruce Gibbs, JEA; Clay Godley Coastal REMC; Rebecca Tharpe, Coastal REMC;  (front L-R)  Andy Brannen, OTC Dean, Business/Industry Services; Debra Howell, GA Power; Dr. Gail Thaxton, OTC President; Gordy Morris, GA Power; Carol Higley, JEA; and Kevin Metts, OTC Lineworker instructor.

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