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
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
- 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
- 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 yorktech.edu/continuing-education
for the application. For more information on the Utility Line Worker Program,
contact James Leonard, program manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.