July 31, 2013
NILES, MI – Lake Michigan College’s Bertrand Crossing Campus will host a lineman rodeo on Tuesday, August 13 from 10 a.m. to noon. Students and graduates of the Energy Production Technology: Line Worker certificate program will demonstrate their skills by performing stunts at the tops of utility poles and competing in various challenges.
The Line Worker certificate program introduces students to the physical and mental discipline and the technological knowledge required to pursue a career in the utility industry. The program includes physical demonstrations, practice, and tests, as well as course work and field experience in preparation for an apprenticeship. The program was developed in 2012 in response to specific requests from the industry, and the curriculum was designed with their input.
Lineman program instructor Albert Velthouse stated, “In the summer class, we’re teaching them to climb the poles safely, to do the job they’re up there to do, and to know the dangers of what they will encounter.”
Besides celebrating the skills and achievements of the students, the rodeo will include a remembrance of former Line Worker Instructor Bob McAlister. A cookout will follow.
To RSVP (by Wednesday, August 7) or for more information about the August 13 event, call the LMC Bertrand Crossing Campus at (800) 252-1562 or (269) 695-1391. The campus is located at the junction of US Highways 12 and 31, at 1905 Foundation Drive, Niles.