Georgia Power Donates to OTC Electrical Lineworker Program
Jim Holt (center) of Georgia Power’s Office of Workforce Development recently presented the Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) Foundation with a $5,000 check from Georgia Power for the OTC electrical lineworker program.
Dr. Glenn Deibert (left), president of OTC, accepted the donation on behalf of the Foundation. Kevin Metts, OTC’s electrical lineworker instructor, was also on hand for the donation and expressed his appreciation to Holt, who has supported the program and Metts over the years.
“We appreciate the support that Georgia Power has shown Okefenokee Technical College for this program,” said Deibert. “The money will be used to purchase equipment that ensures students are receiving quality training in a safe environment.” “We also appreciate your continued partnership,” Deibert told Holt. “The success of the program is largely due to sustained partnerships, such as this, that keep the program current.”
According to Metts, OTC’s first electrical lineworker apprentice class began April 2007. The program was created in response to the energy industry’s need for skilled workers and was designed to complement the training apprentice programs already in use at area utilities. Since 2007, OTC has graduated hundreds of students who have entered the power industry as electrical lineworker apprentices.
Okefenokee Tech is one of four technical colleges in Georgia to offer the lineworker program. Dekalb Technical College in Clarkston, North Georgia Technical College in Clarksville, and South Georgia Technical College in Americus also have the program.
According to Metts, after successfully completing the electrical lineworker apprentice program at OTC, graduates have the opportunity to interview for careers with major power companies or contractors, area cable companies, or communication companies. “We work with most, if not all, of the electric companies and cooperatives in our service area to ensure that OTC’s lineworker program offers training that is beneficial to potential employers,” stated Metts.
For more information about the program or to apply for entry, contact Kevin Metts at firstname.lastname@example.org or (912) 287-5815.