Marcus Luster of Rocky Mount (right) and Adam Nona of Pittsboro (left) graduated from Nash Community College's 16-week Electric Lineman Academy last week. The two were recruited to work on a three-month project at a major Oklahoma wind farm beginning this week. Nona received the 2011 Progress Energy Electric Lineman Scholarship. Approximately 30 students enroll in NCC lineman classes each semester with only about one-third successfully completing the training due to the strenuous exercises and difficult academic requirements. "The classes are tough and not everyone is cut out for the work," NCC Electric Lineman Technology Instructor Bob Schubauer (center) said. "I want them to learn the skills and theory now so they realize the potential of what they are handling in the field. The cost of a mistake could be a blown transformer, power outage, injury or death." Registration is now underway for the Fall 2012 academy. The tuition cost for the program is $952 for in-state and $4,024 for out-of-state. Scholarships and financial aid programs are sometimes available. For more information call 252-451-8228.
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Kelley Deal Nash Community College Public Relations Director 252-451-8235