Martin Community College’s Apprentice Line Technician Academy prepares students to become candidates for employment among municipal, rural, and commercial electrical providers. Beginning wages for apprentice-line technicians in eastern NC average approximately $17 per hour, with seasoned veterans reaching an average of $50 per hour.
In August 2020, the Golden LEAF Foundation Board of Directors provided $111,454.80 in funding for the Apprentice Line Technician Academy at Martin Community College. The program has had one cohort of 14 students complete the course and now is about two-thirds of the way through a second cohort of five students. To date, six program completers have obtained jobs in the field.
In December 2020, the inaugural class of 14 students took the semester-long line technician program at Martin Community College in 2020. There is a need for up to 450 linemen in northeastern North Carolina over the next five years. College officials are hopeful that as the program grows, the needs in the region for skilled linemen will be filled by Martin Community College graduates.
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