What’s Good in the Neighborhood: Wallace electrical lineworker program receives gift from Alabama Power

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Alabama Power company donated a bucket truck to the Wallace pre-apprentice Electrical Lineworker program.

Each year students are granted the opportunity to work for local companies, and they are able to help us, right here in the Wiregrass.

“The kids that are graduating from high school and they are thinking about their future careers and so the program here at Wallace actually gives them an opportunity to go to the school,” Chad Skinner said.

Wallace’s pre-apprentice electric line worker class is 7 weeks. During the course, some students are offered employment but not only that some are inspired by family and friends who work in the industry — which has made a significant increase in the second generation.

“They learn how to do the parents have done. So we actually have a lot of future second-generation lineman that will be becoming through the program that is from here and the Wiregrass program,” Skinner said.

Students are able to work with state of the art equipment. The instructor of the program says work ethics means a lot in this industry, and he tries to set the standards.

“There are a lot of them that have left here now, they’ve got family and they have got good jobs, and they are really going the long way in life, and that’s the most rewarding thing,” Mike Evans said.

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