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Dothan Utilities Donates Equipment for Wallace Lineworker Program

The City of Dothan-Dothan Utilities recently donated a pole trailer to the College’s Pre-Apprentice Electrical Lineworker program. The donation is a great example of the partnership between the City of Dothan-Dothan Utilities and Wallace Community College (WCCD).

The partnership enables WCCD to train lineworker students with equipment that meets industry standards and ensures graduates are well trained and prepared to fill entry-level lineworker positions upon graduation.

“Dothan Utilities is so pleased with our partnership with Wallace Community College,” said Chris Phillips, Electrical Operations Superintendent. “Ultimately, they are helping us to develop our future workforce. The candidates that have completed the Pre-Apprentice Lineworker Program are the top candidates for positions in the Electric Division of Dothan Utilities. We have been very successful hiring these graduates to fill our needs for qualified and capable lineworkers to maintain the City’s electric distribution system.”

The pole trailer, which is used to transport poles for repairs or for new lines, is a critical piece of equipment for the hands-on training environment. Students also use a bucket truck to simulate training in the field. The program has a classroom, but their “real” classroom is the large pole yard located in the back of the campus.

“Every year, the Pre-Apprentice Lineworker program trains dozens of new employees for area utilities. It provides the skills needed for students who need a fast track to a good job,” said Dr. Linda Young, WCC President. “But we can’t do this on our own. It takes partners like the City of Dothan-Dothan Utilities who provide their expertise, guidance, and tools required to train students to fit employers’ needs. We are truly grateful for the City of Dothan’s support.”

Joe Johnson, WCCD Director of Workforce Development, expressed the College’s gratitude. “Wallace Community College would like to thank the City of Dothan-Dothan Utilities for the donation of the pole trailer to the WCC Pre-Apprentice Electrical Lineworker program.  The trailer will be used to facilitate CDL training as well as meeting overall course objectives.  We truly value the partnership with the City of Dothan-Dothan Utilities as they continue to support Workforce Development programs and our students!”

Pre-Apprentice Electrical Lineworker is a 7-week program that meets five days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost of the program is $3500, which includes books, boots, hard hat, safety glasses, and gloves and is WIOA approved. For more information, go to wallace.edu/wfd (Fast-Track Career programs). Or, call (334) 556-2203 or (334) 556-2219. WCCD is currently registering for the June 1 class. 

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