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Alabama Power’s workforce development partnership helps boost careers in skilled trades

From Alabama Power

Bishop State, Lawson State and Jefferson State community colleges recently held graduation ceremonies for the spring lineworker training programs’ 39 successful students. Alabama Power partners with the Birmingham and Mobile community colleges on workforce development initiatives to prepare students for careers in the skilled trades.

“We are excited to partner with these outstanding colleges and provide opportunities for Alabamians to train for great, safe careers as lineworkers,” said Jeff Peoples, Alabama Power executive vice president of Customer and Employee Services. “Helping ensure our state’s workforce is well-represented and prepared to succeed today and in the economy of the future is an important way we seek to elevate Alabama.”

Through this innovative partnership, students can learn fundamentals of electricity as well as the math and science needed to work on power lines. In addition to classroom instruction, students receive hands-on practice in an outdoor learning laboratory, honing their new skills so they are job-ready upon graduation.

“Alabama Power and other utility partners have been extremely impressed with the quality of hires from these programs,” said Tom McNeal, Alabama Power Workforce Development Program manager. “I encourage utility companies and contractors seeking quality candidates and students interested in applying for the programs to contact the school in their area.”

Potential students who want to apply or learn more about the program should contact:

  • Jefferson State Community College at workforcedev@jeffersonstate.edu.
  • Bishop State Community College at workforce@bishop.edu.
  • Lawson State Community College at workforce@lawsonstate.edu.