The Kilgore College Electric Power Technology Program will host a Lineman’s Rodeo May 30 to showcase graduates of the eleventh class to complete the course of study.
The rodeo and graduation are set for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Rusk County Electric Cooperative training grounds in Henderson, located at 3162 State Highway 43 East.
The event is free and open to the public.
Six students have completed the 10-week course of study that began March 24.
The rodeo will serve as a demonstration of line workers’ skills learned during the KC course of study.
During the Lineman’s Rodeo graduates will demonstrate pole climbing, and while at the top of the cross-arm, will complete hurt man rescue and insulator changing exercises.
At graduation, students will receive their KC Electric Power Technology Marketable Skills Certificate.
Recognitions for other achievements during the course of study will be presented. The Danny Belcher Walking the Wood recognition will be awarded to the most improved pole climber. Other awards are Outstanding Student, based on class grades and field competencies, and Most Supportive Teammate, selected by class vote.
Anyone interested in learning about a career in the electric power technology field is encouraged to attend.
Seventy-two students from three states and from throughout Texas have graduated from the KC Electric Power Technology Certificate program since its inception in the fall of 2008.
Electrical Power Technology graduates earn starting salaries of $11-20 per hour.
With a large number of projected employee retirements within the next five to seven years, statewide electric distribution companies, municipalities and utility companies are expecting a large shortage of workers.
Fall lineman courses will run from Sept. 8 through Nov. 14.
Potential students will be able to meet instructors and ask questions at information sessions set for 6 p.m. on June 12 and July 10 in the Bert E. Woodruff Adult Education Center in Kilgore.
For more information, visit the program’s Web site: www.kilgore.edu/electric_power_technology.asp.
Spring 2014, Kilgore College Electric Power Technology Certificate students:
Athens: Luke Leverett
Burkeville: Troy Hopson
Longview: Brian Morrow
Texarkana: Addison Porter
White Oak: Martin Rincon
Woodlawn: Joshua George
Henderson: Brandon Tatum