Published: June 10, 2021


THE COLUMBIA STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE OFFICE OF WORKFORCE AND CONTINUING EDUCATION RECENTLY HOSTED A PRE-APPRENTICE LINEWORKER ACADEMY MINI RODEO THAT ALLOWED STUDENTS TO DEMONSTRATE THE SKILLS THEY LEARNED DURING THE COURSE OF THE 7-WEEK PROGRAM. ACCORDING TO A PRESS RELEASE, UPON COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAM, THE STUDENTS RECEIVED A TENNESSEE VALLEY PUBLIC POWER ASSOCIATION CLIMBING CERTIFICATION, FIRST AID AND CPR CERTIFICATIONS, 10-HOUR SAFETY CARD AND FLAGGING CERTIFICATION. IN ADDITION, THE STUDENTS PREPARED TO SIT FOR A COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE. DURING THE RODEO, STUDENTS COMPETED IN DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES INCLUDING AN 80-FOOT POLE CLIMB, BELL CHANGE AND SWITCH TRANSITION. THE PRE-APPRENTICE LINEWORKER PROGRAM IS A RESULT OF COMMUNITIES FROM ACROSS MIDDLE TENNESSEE COMING TOGETHER TO FILL A NEED IN THE WORKFORCE. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO COLUMBIA STATE DOT EDU.