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The new scholarship opportunity is designed to increase underrepresented populations in utility line worker professions.

The York Technical College Foundation has been awarded a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to create a new scholarship opportunity for students seeking utility line worker education and training at York Technical College. The Duke Energy Utility Line Worker Diversity Scholarship Program is established to support and promote underrepresented populations in the utility line worker profession.

Over the years, Duke Energy has recognized a pattern in the line worker labor force and views this new scholarship program as a proactive way to enhance the diversity found within the workforce. "As Duke Energy works to modernize our grid over the next decade, we will need a diverse group of qualified line workers, like those that will benefit from the Duke Energy Utility Line Worker Diversity Scholarship, to help us build a smarter energy future for the region,” stated Jennifer DeWitt, Programs and Community Affairs Director for the Duke Energy Foundation. "Investing in our community’s workforce is an investment in our future."

The Duke Energy Foundation grant award of $40,000 helps to create access to education and training for a broader population of candidates interested in utility career fields. The new scholarship program will also be used to increase interest and awareness among current and future students looking to begin a career in the utility line worker field.

York Technical College’s Utility Line Worker Program is an eight-week certificate program that prepares candidates for entry-level positions in the utility line worker career field.  Courses include the Line Worker Underground, Line Worker Precertification, and Line Worker Overhead. Graduates of the program are prepared for entry-level employment with utility and cable companies. The program is offered at the College’s Heavy Equipment and Line Worker Training site in Chester, South Carolina.

The York Technical College Foundation will manage the process of awarding individual scholarships of $5,000 each to selected students for each Utility Line Worker Program cohort offered by the College. Recipients may use the award for tuition, textbooks, or educational supplies.  To be considered for the award, candidates must commit to completing the program and meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a student who has been accepted and enrolled in the Utility Line Worker Program (noncredit) at York Technical College;
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States and reside in a county within Duke Energy’s service territory;
  • Must be a member of an underrepresented population in utility line worker careers;
  • Preference will be given to candidates with prior work experience, certifications, or course work in a technical field.

The next Utility Line Worker Program cohort will begin August 21, 2017.  To apply for the scholarship, those interested should visit for the application. For more information on the Utility Line Worker Program, contact James Leonard, program manager, at