DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Wallace Community College recently received a pole trailer from Dothan Utilities for their pre-apprentice electrical line worker program as part of the partnership between the two.
The trailer is used for transporting poles for line repairs or new lines.
“It’s a great example of partnerships between business, industry, and the college,” Wallace Community College Director of Workforce Development Joe Johnson said. “You know a donation such as that ensures that we can continue to train our students with the equipment that meets industry needs.”
The 7-week program trains students to be able to repair and replace down lines or poles.
On top of that, people who complete this program can find jobs at power companies, electric cooperatives, electrical contracting, and more.
Not many people realize the importance of these jobs.
“Electricity is the lifeblood of any community, and without it, it’s brutal,” Wiregrass Electric Chief Operating Officer Brad Kimbro said. “Life’s brutal without electricity, and our lineman keep it going, and they maintain the poles and wires.”
There are people that do realize the importance and are very happy and thankful for what linemen do.
“First and foremost I’m very thankful for what they do,” Dothan citizen John Rogers said. “Those power line workers put their lives on the line for us and our communities to give us power, and sometimes I think we take power for granted. So, I’m thankful.”