SCHRIEVER, La. – The fourth cohort of Fletcher Technical Community College’s utility line-worker initiative has graduated from the program, sponsored in part by the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC).
December’s graduating class – which includes the program’s first female alumna as well as the father of a previous graduate – boosts Fletcher’s current total number of graduates to 52, or nearly 50 percent of the program’s 112 line-workers trained statewide. Thus far, the LWC and its local Workforce Development Boards (WDB) have contributed nearly $1 million toward the training endeavor.
“I would like to extend congratulations to Fletcher’s recent line-worker program graduates for a job well-done – notably, Emily Crowley, our first female graduate, and Alutimo Villasenor, the 41-year-old father of former Fletcher line-worker student Cade Villasenor,” said LWC Secretary Ava Dejoie. “The LWC is extremely grateful, not only for its corporate, academic and professional partners, but also the Louisiana residents who choose to pursue careers as utility line-workers This program is a great example of the power of teamwork in creating meaningful pathways that lead to high-demand, high-wage careers in our state.”
Launched in 2018 as a potential recruiting and training pipeline aimed at solving a projected statewide shortage of some 550 line-workers, the Industry Certified Utility Line-Worker Training Program is the product of collaboration and partnerships between the LWC, local WDBs, the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), the Louisiana Energy Workers Consortia (LEWC) – including Entergy, Linetec, Chain Electric and other utility companies – as well as three Louisiana community colleges – Delgado Community College (DCC) in New Orleans, South Louisiana Community College’s (SLCC) campus in Crowley, La., and Fletcher in Schriever, La.
Since its inception, Fletcher’s has placed 100% of program completers into family-sustaining careers.
“Fletcher Technical Community College congratulates this most recent cohort of line worker graduates,” said Fletcher Chancellor Dr. Kristine Strickland. “This is an intense 16-week program that takes perseverance, focus and drive. Each of these students has demonstrated these skills and many more. We know that they will be successful in their chosen career path and wish them the best of luck as they begin their new journey.”
Statewide, past program graduates have been hired at salaries near $50,000, annual base pay, with additional benefit options. Completers have received job placements in numerous cities and municipalities in Louisiana, with some participants receiving multiple job offers.
Upon completion, students receive certifications in NCCER (National Center for Construction Education and Research), OSHA 10 (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and CPR/First Aid (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), as well as their CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) Class A licenses if they choose to complete Fletcher’s CDL Class A course offered immediately following the initial program.
For details about Delgado Community College’s program, visit DCC.edu or call (504) 671-6706.
About the Louisiana Workforce Commission
The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.
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