TVA Partners with Huntsville Utilities & Calhoun Community College to Train Lineworkers
- TVA and Huntsville Utilities will provide $100,000 in funding to train and educate lineworkers.
- Calhoun Community College will manage the scholarships and enroll students in the Pre-Apprentice Lineworker Program.
- A total of 10 students will be selected among applicants. To date, four scholarship recipients have graduated.
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A partnership between the Tennessee Valley Authority and Huntsville Utilities will provide $100,000 in scholarship funding to train and educate utility lineworkers. Calhoun Community College will manage the scholarships and enroll students in the college’s Pre-Apprentice Lineworker Program. The partnership was created to address the growth in the Huntsville-Madison County population, which led to a demand for services resulting in an increased need for utility lineworkers.
As part of this partnership, a total of 10 recipients will be selected among applicants to receive a scholarship, which includes free tuition for the seven-week course, a daily gift card for lunch, and a bag equipped with basic lineworker tools upon graduation.
“As electricity demand grows, we need a skilled workforce to provide affordable, reliable and sustainable power,” said Jared Mitchem, Regional Vice President for TVA's South Region. “Partnering with Huntsville Utilities and Calhoun Community College ensures that we can recruit and train the workforce we need as we build the energy system of the future.”
TVA has more than 16,000 miles of power lines that crisscross seven states, plus approximately 263,000 miles of lines that are managed by 153 local power companies. Reflecting on his time in the program, one recent graduate shared how meaningful his experience was.
“I learned a lot from it, more than anything else I’ve done in a 7-week period,” shared Hayden Grubbs, who’s currently working as a groundman with aspirations to be a lineman. “It was very hands-on and not just sitting in a classroom. The instructors were very straightforward and gave us important information about safety practices, so that when we joined the workforce, we would know how to protect ourselves and recognize the qualities of a good boss. After the program, I feel 100% prepared.”
Four scholarship recipients have completed the required coursework, with the most recent two being recognized at the Calhoun Community College graduation on December 15. Madison County residents who are interested in the program can register and submit a scholarship application online for the next course starting in January 2024.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public power supplier, delivering energy to 10 million people across seven southeastern states. TVA was established 90 years ago to serve this region and the nation by developing innovative solutions to solve complex challenges. TVA’s unique mission focuses on energy, environmental stewardship, and economic development. With one of the largest, most diverse, and cleanest energy systems – including nuclear, hydro, solar, gas, and advanced technologies – TVA is a leader in our nation’s drive toward a clean energy future.
TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, receiving no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation, and land management for the Tennessee River system, and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.