El Paso Electric (EPE) and Doña Ana Community College (DACC) celebrate the opening of a new electrical lineworker training facility at the DACC Chaparral Campus in New Mexico with a ribbon cutting hosted by the Anthony Chamber of Commerce.
This is the third year that EPE has partnered with DACC and the first year that the electrical lineworker training facility is housed at the Chaparral Campus. DACC’s Electrical Lineworker Certification Program is a one-year pre-apprenticeship certificate program designed to provide students with the technical background and manual skills necessary for careers in the installation and maintenance of electrical power cables.
“The Doña Ana Community College Electrical Lineworker Certification Program has produced certified apprentices to help fulfill El Paso Electric’s aim of hiring local talent,” said Clay Doyle, Vice President of Transmission & Distribution and System planning. “We are very proud to say that we have hired approximately half of the graduating students from this program in the past three years and they have been an essential asset to helping to keep the lights on in New Mexico and Texas.”
Over the last three years, EPE has provided scholarships and financial aid to help students complete the program. The new training facility includes poles, transformers and other equipment donated by EPE to help achieve the most realistic setting for students to learn and train. The program features two instructors who teach underground line work and overhead line work.
“El Paso Electric is a great partner for Doña Ana Community College,” said DACC President Renay Scott. “This program allows our students to not worry about finances and instead focus on their studies and completing the requirements for a certification. In addition, their generous donations of equipment ensure our students are learning from the newest advances in electric generation.”
To commemorate this event, EPE hosted its first EPE Lineman’s Rodeo at the new training facility. The EPE Lineman’s Rodeo is a competition based on traditional lineman tasks and skills in which EPE line workers, journeymen and apprentices compete in ten events safely showcasing their skills.