New Scholarship to Address Need for Electrical Lineworkers

December 22, 2014

El Paso Electric (EPE) has established a $25,000 scholarship fund through the New Mexico State University Foundation Inc. for the electrical worker certification program at Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Gadsden Center for the spring 2015 semester.

“Our commitment to this region goes beyond providing safe and reliable energy to our customers and the investments we make as a company include diversifying our workforce, retaining and cultivating local talent by providing them with the technical skills necessary to find good paying jobs in this region,” said Tom Shockley, El Paso Electric Chief Executive Officer. “This program will provide the skills needed to construct, maintain, trouble-shoot and operate utility-scale electric power lines and equipment so as these students enter the workforce they will find careers that are both well-paying and in high demand.”

As part of this scholarship program, these students will also receive a paid internship at EPE. The scholarship will also cover the cost of tuition, books, fees and necessary supplies and equipment required in the lineworker certification program at DACC. Scholarships will be awarded until funds are exhausted. The one-year certificate program is designed to provide students with the technical background and the manual skills necessary for careers in the installation and maintenance of electrical power cables.

“It is our honor to work with EPE to help meet growing energy needs of the area,” said Dr. Renay Scott of Doña Ana Community College. “Workforce development is a prime mission of the Community College and we will continue to help local industries in Dona Ana County. Thanks to EPE this is a fantastic opportunity for our students.”

The deadline to apply is Thursday, January 8, 2015. Candidates should register as soon as possible. Classes begin on January 15, 2015. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, be at least 18 years or older and must have a high school diploma or GED.  Applicants must also be enrolled in the DACC Lineworker Certification program and meet all qualifications for enrollment including passing a background check and a drug test. Once admitted the successful candidates must pass a Human Performance Evaluation test.

To apply for this scholarship, visit or call (575) 527-7584 for more information. A link to the NMSU scholarship page can also be found on