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Gateway Comunity & Technical College to offer lineworker training

FLORENCE, Ky. — Gateway Community & Technical College is launching a new lineworker training certificate program in the Spring 2020 semester.

Average starting wage for a line apprentice in their first year is $24-26/hr. As they advance and become an experienced lineworker, their pay can sometimes reach six figures.

According to Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, it is estimated that there will be approximately 200 annual lineworker related job openings in the Greater Cincinnati area from 2016 – 2026.

Gateway will be hosting an information session regarding the lineworker training certificate program on Nov. 23 from 12-2 p.m. at Gateway’s Boone Campus. More information can be found at gateway.kctcs.edu/lineworker.

In June, Gateway received a $32,315 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation allowing the college to create this lineworker certificate program. The one semester, 16-credit-hour program will incorporate Gateway’s energy technology curriculum with expansive training and equipment. Upon completion of the program, students will have an understanding of the skills, knowledge, safe work practices and physical ability required to become a line technician apprentice.