FLORENCE, Ky. — Gateway Community & Technical College received a $32,315 grant from Duke Energy Foundation to create a new lineworker certificate.
Gateway is one of eight organizations in the southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky area to collectively receive $203,315 in grants provided by the Duke Energy Foundation.
This grant will allow Gateway to create an accelerated utility lineworker certificate program designed to train individuals who desire to become utility lineworkers. The 16-credit-hour program will incorporate Gateway’s energy technology curriculum with expansive training and equipment. Upon completion of the accelerated certificate, students will have an understanding of the skills, knowledge, safe work practices and physical ability required to become line technician apprentices.
“This grant will help us to fulfill our commitment to providing engaging and relevant curriculum to the northern Kentucky region,” said Dr. Fernando Figueroa, Gateway president. “Our new utility lineworker certificate program will prepare our students not only for a good paying job, but also a better life.”
“This investment with Gateway will provide benefits by increasing the talent pipeline for lineworkers here in Greater Cincinnati to build and support the smart-thinking power grid of tomorrow,” said Amy Spiller, president of Duke Energy Ohio & Kentucky.
The Duke Energy Foundation’s Powerful Communities program makes strategic investments to build powerful communities where our natural resources thrive, students can excel and a talented workforce drives economic prosperity for all. The Foundation annually funds more than $30 million to communities throughout Duke Energy’s seven-state service area.