KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- For anyone that has a passion for dangling above the ground, playing with electrical wires, or interested in how the lights go on, Kalamazoo Valley Community College has the program for you.
KVCC’s M-TEC campus will be the home to its new Utility Line Worker Academy. In collaboration with Consumers Energy, KVCC students will train in a 26-week certification program to fit the skills needed in high demand vocations at utility companies, local municipalities and firms who sub contract with transmission line owners.
In the past, those wanting to work on utility lines had to get an apprenticeship through an electric or utility company. Now, anyone can get a head start on a new job by enrolling in programs such as those offered KVCC”s Utility Line Worker Academy.
Starting May 7, the program will begin classes for students and open enrollment is currently underway. The classes that will be offered in the program include: Health and Fitness, Pole Climbing, Workplace Safety, Tranformers, Rigging, Orientation, Mechanical Concepts, Career Planning, Computer Skills, and Apprentice Training.
Todd Meert, master electrician, is one of the instructor managers for the program. Working in the trade for over 25 years Meert added, “The program is a terrific way to get a head start in a high demand job. When they finish our program, they are qualified to work for someone as an apprentice,"
Watch above for interviews on the Utility Line Worker Academy from KVCC’s director of career academies Lesa Strausbaugh as well as an instructor from the academy Todd Meert.
For more information about the Utility Line Worker Academy click here or call the KVCC Groves Campus at 269.353.1253.