Training courses at Tri-County Tech in hopes of meeting community needs

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ANDERSON, SC (WSPA) — Right now, there is a desperate need for linemen in South Carolina.

The Tri-County Technical College says the main reason is that current linemen are approaching retirement age, leaving gaps to fill.

However, these needs are closer to being met.

The school has dedicated a full twelve-week course to training and equipping the next generation of linemen.

Toby Lesley is one of the students.

“I learned a lot and now I have something I can take with me into the future,” Lesley said.

On Thursday, Lesley and her seven other classmates officially finished the course and were able to show off their skills like pole climbing, demonstration digging and pole top rescue.

“It’s a good career, not many people can do it, it’s a need,” Lesley said.

Course instructor James Guthrie said: “It makes me feel good to see them go from here, and especially when they’re done with CDL and find a job, that’s when where my work is done, and that really makes me feel good.”

The pressure was on, as potential employers like Duke Energy, Blue Ridge Electric and Easley Utilities watched.

Tri-County Tech says they are always accepting new applicants. The next course will start in March.

If you cannot afford the training, the State of South Carolina provides funding for students to take this course through the Workforce Scholarship.

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