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Nash Community College has been awarded a $100,000 Duke Energy Workforce Development Grant to enhance its electric line construction technology program offerings.
College officials said equipment funded by the grant will ensure NCC’s electric line construction technology program continues to provide high-quality training opportunities, resulting in highly qualified program graduates.
“We are proud to support Nash Community College by helping expand its electric line construction technology program offerings,” said Tanya Evans, Duke Energy district manager. “Our goal is to create a diverse pipeline of skilled workers who can support North Carolina’s energy industry going forward, and NCC has been a wonderful and longstanding partner with us in that effort.”
The NCC electric line construction technology curriculum prepares students for line construction in rural utility settings through laboratory and practical applications. Students learn elements of electricity, overhead pole and electrical line construction, safety codes and applications, electric power systems, transformer installations and more. An emphasis on safety is embedded in the program as students earn OSHA, commercial driver’s license and CPR certifications during training.
“New equipment will allow NCC to launch a night academy for the electric line construction technology program, providing greater availability for underemployed individuals to prepare for a career,” Wendy Marlowe said. “This will open doors for more individuals to pursue a career as a line technician, and will help address the increased attrition in the industry due to retirements as the expansion will supply skilled workers for the industry’s pipeline.”