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NLTCC Power Line Worker Rodeo celebrates inaugural class of students

by Minden Press-Herald

By Kelsey Meshell | NLTCC

Northwest Louisiana Technical Community College’s Power Line Worker Rodeo took place on May 9th, 2024, at the school’s Shreveport campus. The rodeo showcased the skills and talents of graduating students from the program. They demonstrated skills such as bell, switch, and pin changeouts, along with a timed Hurt Man Rescue. Graduates include Cole Autry, Aldrian Carrol, Chandler Davis, Landon Falls, Matthew Fanning, Jathan Green, Daniel Hollenshead, Henry Teer, and Cade Waites.

The event kicked off with the raising of the flag and the National Anthem, followed by skill demonstrations and an awards ceremony. Distinguished attendees included Mayor Tom Arceneaux, representatives from AEP SWEPCO, Bowie-Cass Electric Cooperative, CLECO, and Panola-Harrison Electric Cooperative, as well as representatives from the Louisiana Technical Community College System.

Led by James Barlow, instructor and AEP SWEPCO alumni, the Power Line Worker Program at NLTCC equips students with technical skills, knowledge of electrical theory, and a focus on safety. Through hands-on training, students develop the confidence and competence required to excel in the demanding profession of linework. Students in the program earn a number of credentials, including their Class A CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) and CPR certification. 

“Our program is all about putting the skills and the certifications within reach of Ark-La-Tex students to enhance their overall employability and ensure they are job ready,” said Dr. Jayda Spillers, NLTCC Chancellor. “We believe we have the opportunity to deliver a program that meets the needs of our local residents and employers.”

Line Workers play a vital role in maintaining a reliable power supply for homes and businesses, contributing significantly to the well-being of their communities. These careers offer job security and contribute to keeping the community powered. With the growing demand for line workers nationwide, there are plenty of job opportunities for those entering the field.

For those interested in joining the Power Line Worker program, the next class begins on August 22nd, 2024. Entrance requirements include being 18 years old, having a current driver’s license, undergoing a DOT physical, having a high school diploma or equivalent, and not fearing working at high elevations. Additionally, applicants must pass a DOT drug screen, with associated costs covered by the student.

As the only source of line worker training in Northwest Louisiana, NLTCC encourages interested applicants to visit www.nltcc.edu for more information. This program helps to address the region’s workforce needs and offers an exciting opportunity for individuals seeking a rewarding career in this essential field.

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