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Certified lineman program information session tonight in Crowley

Posted at 2:45 PM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 15:51:49-04

The South Louisiana Community College’s Acadian Campus in Crowley will soon offer a Certified Power Lineman Training Program.

The training is tentatively set to begin June 24. Slots are available for the upcoming class in Crowley and the American Job Center of Region V (which covers Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jeff Davis and Vernon parishes) wants to enroll and provide possible tuition assistance to eligible area residents who are interested in the program.

A free information session will be held from 4 – 6 p.m., Thursday, June 13, at SLCC’s Acadian Campus, 1933 W. Hutchison Ave., in Crowley. Those who attend will learn about the certified lineman training and hear from leaders in the utilities industry. They will also be able to meet with staff from the American Job Center to learn about tuition assistance.

This short-term Certified Power Lineman Training Program will last between 16-to-25 weeks, depending on if the student currently holds a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Graduates of the program will earn a National Center for Construction Education & Research (NCCER) certification, be qualified for employment as a line helper and receive job placement assistance.

“We are excited to be collaborating with the Louisiana Workforce Development Board #40 – Lafayette Region in this endeavor,” said Stephanie Seemion, Director of the Louisiana Workforce Development Board #51 in Lake Charles. “This will allow us to have a multi-regional customized training contract that will enable us to serve several parishes around the state – and not be confined to just our respective parishes. Being able to serve multiple parishes increases the employers’ access to qualified applicants, which will, in turn, meet the employers’ needs.”

To qualify for enrollment in this course, applicants must pass drug and background checks, have a valid driver’s license and be comfortable working at heights. There are also eligibility requirements for tuition assistance.

This program is sponsored by the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, in conjunction with the Workforce Development Board and the Louisiana Workforce Commission. It is funded by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 (WIOA) and is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities and for people with limited English proficiency.