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Entergy Starts Certified Line Worker Training Program

​In October, both Entergy Louisiana and Entergy New Orleans presented respective $50,000 donations to support the start of the Certified Line Worker Training Program.
 
The program was developed through a partnership between the Louisiana Energy Workforce Consortium and the Louisiana Community & Technical College System to train students to become skilled line workers. LEWC was formed by Louisiana electric companies, contractors and community and technical colleges from across the state to prepare and educate line workers of the future.
 
The educational program will lead students to obtain their National Center for Construction Education and Research certification, while also becoming qualified for employment as line helpers and receiving job-placement assistance.
 
Entergy Louisiana donated $50,000 to Fletcher Technical Community College in Schriever, La., while Entergy New Orleans donated $50,000 to Delgado Community College in New Orleans. The two colleges will begin offering the courses in January 2018, and will be the first in the state to host the official program.


Both Phillip May, president and CEO of Entergy Louisiana, and Charles Rice, president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans, say the program holds great promise to meet the needs of the energy industry.
 
“This is a great example of the type of cooperation needed between industry and our educational system to develop the workforce of tomorrow,” they said. “We’re pleased to support this program and look forward to helping its graduates start rewarding careers in a job that is, in many ways, the backbone of the electric utility industry.”
 
Joan Davis, chancellor of Delgado Community College, agrees.
 
“The workforce of the Greater New Orleans region continues to be upwardly mobile thanks to job training partnerships like this one between Delgado Community College and Entergy New Orleans,” she said. “We thank our partners at Entergy for their support, and we look forward to the day when this program’s graduates are helping keep us comfortable, safe and productive inside all of our homes and businesses.”
 
This is another example of how the electric companies continue to help the communities they serve.
 
“How often have we thought about when we reach to flip the switch, is it going to work on the other end? It’s Entergy who has been on the other end,” said Dr. Monty Sullivan, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. “When we find ourselves in a position of dealing with storms and a sundry of different things, it’s this organization that’s been on the other end ensuring that we had electricity when the switch is flipped. When you have an opportunity to partner with a quality organization like this one – it’s exciting.”
 
The original versions of the combined Entergy Louisiana and Entergy New Orleans stories can be found on Entergy’s newsroom.