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PCC recognizes National Lineman Appreciation Day

18 April 2013

Earlier this month, the United States Senate declared April 18 'National Lineman Appreciation Day' with the purpose being to recognizes the efforts of linemen in keeping the power on and protecting public safety.

"I think it is a nice honor for lineman to be recognized," said Dave Campbell, Pratt Community College's Electrical Power Lineman Program coordinator. "It is one day set aside to make them feel special about what they do."

PCC's EPT program currently has more than 70 students taking classes on PCC's three locations.

The program is offered on PCC's campus, along with on the Coffeyville Community College's campus and in Wichita, an industry partner with Westar.

At each location students climb daily, get exposure to underground installation, participate in hotline school, learn about electrical theory and safety, receive trencher and backhoe training and learn basic line construction.

"It is a good program with a lot of hands-on experience," said Bernie Boeser, freshman from Stapleton, Neb.

The program offers a two-year degree in Applied Science and a one-year Job Certification. A paid internship during the summer months is required of all students. PCC instructors assist students in finding an internship that is well suited for them.

"The semester is going really well," Campbell said. "All the students are excited to finish up the year and go to their internships so they can experience what they have been training for."

The EPT program has a 95 percent job placement rating, with students working all over the country. The average starting salary for a lineman is $22 per hour.

"The program is well established and has been around long enough, that people who went here are now in management," Campbell said.. "They know the program and are coming here looking for students to come work for them."

Students are admitted on a first come first serve basis. Students are required to interview for a spot in the classes, at which time they may pre-enroll for their classes next fall.

For more information about the Electrical Power Technology Department, contact Campbell at 620-450-2127 or phillipc@prattcc.edu.