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AmerenUE, STLCC Launch Line Worker Apprenticeship Program
December 02, 2008
|A participant in the AmerenUE Line
Worker Apprenticeship program learns
the techniques required to climb a 30-
foot utility pole during the early weeks of
AmerenUE is partnering with St. Louis Community College to offer a six-week lineman pre-apprenticeship program at the college’s Florissant Valley campus that will give 30 students a shot at high-paying line worker positions at UE.
Successful program completion opens the door to UE’s lineman apprenticeship program – depending on successful completion of selection tests, interviews and evaluations.
UE provided $120,000 for curriculum development, subject matter experts who reviewed the curriculum and all necessary equipment. That included 30-foot poles, gaffs, fall protection harnesses and other personal protection equipment so that students can train on the Florissant Valley campus. Selected students passed standardized tests and were interviewed before being admitted to this new program. The first class includes both recent high school graduates and experienced workers seeking retraining opportunities.
“This initiative serves as another example of St. Louis Community College’s commitment to connect curriculum, programs and instructional delivery modes to the needs of employers in the region,” said Roderick Nunn, STLCC vice chancellor for workforce and community development. “We are pleased to once again partner with AmerenUE to provide training that will give participants a means to gaining well-paying jobs.”
In February, through a separate program, UE announced the gift of $130,000 in scholarship funding the company is providing each year to help cover the tuition, books and fees of 10 students in the engineering technologies program at the Florissant Valley campus.
This scholarship program is aimed at highly motivated and safety-conscious individuals who want to become technicians. While Ameren does not guarantee future employment through this program, recipients will receive consideration because this program will give them a strong grounding in such areas as system relay and substation work. The scholarship program provides $1,000 per semester for tuition, books and other fees. Once awarded, the scholarship is renewable each semester, up to four semesters, depending on student performance.