In partnership with Trident Technical College, Berkeley Electric Cooperative has developed the Electrical Lineworker Program (ELW), a 14-week training course that will help you gain the knowledge and skills to help you begin your career in the electric utility industry. Beginning September 14th, Berkeley will begin accepting applications for its new Lineworker’s Scholarship to be applied toward the upcoming January semester.
The scholarship is valued at $3,000 and covers the purchase of necessary tools and books as well as contributing $1000 toward tuition. The remaining $1,500 in tuition can be covered by military or financial aid, if applicable. In addition to participating in the ELW program, the scholarship recipient will also be able to work one-day a week with Berkeley Electric line crews to gain hands-on experience. Upon completion of the ELW program, the scholarship recipient will receive preferred placement for any open crew positions with the cooperative, although full-time employment is not guaranteed.
Students in the ELW program experience conditions similar to those on the job in the outdoor training lab constructed on-site at Trident Technical College’s North Charleston campus. Students also receive expert classroom training in electrical theory and other subjects vital to launching their career as a lineworker and will graduate with a 3rd-class lineman certification.
To apply for the scholarship, visit the Electrical Lineworker page. Deadline for applications is Friday, October 30th.