5-24-2021 – CCC&TI lineworker building completed

Posted on: May 24th, 2021 by admin

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May 24, 2021

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By Carmen Boone cboone@newstopicnews.com

May 20, 2021 Updated May 21, 2021

 

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute has completed a new building for indoor training classes for its Electrical Lineworker Institute.

 

The college has been working with Garanco General Construction on the construction since July, said Justin Harris, the director of energy and construction trades at the college. The building includes two classrooms and two offices, bathrooms, a fenced area to store equipment in. Its indoor field of utility poles will be installed next week, said Josh Kaufhold, superintendent of Garanco.

 

Harris said Duke Energy donated $100,000 and Blue Ridge Energy donated $150,000 toward the $2 million cost.

 

“Almost half of the linemen that work for Blue Ridge Energy come from here,” he said. “They help us fund this, and we train their workers.”

 

It takes 14 weeks to complete the program. Instructor Marty Walker said the first level of classes happen indoors with videos, testing and paperwork.

 

“After that we can take them directly outside to apply their training,” he said, teaching them how to climb poles and do the electrical work.

 

Because the program runs throughout the year, that means sometimes the weather conditions outside can be hostile. The indoor pole field will allow training to go on no matter the weather.

 

“They [students] leave with 16 industry-recognized credentials once they graduate,” he said. “Usually about two weeks before they graduate, companies will come out here to recruit.”

 

Harris said that 90% of students have jobs lined up by the time they graduate.

 

The first class to be taught in the new building will begin on June 7.

 

Reporter Carmen Boone can be reached at 828-610-8723

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