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Iowa Valley Community College

Iowa Valley Collaborative Lineworker Training and Awareness Project


The Iowa Valley Collaborative Lineworker Training and Awareness Project is developing new training strategies, as well as increasing public awareness of the line worker career through recruitment efforts targeted toward new populations. The project streamlines the apprenticeship system to increase flow in the educational pipeline. It also develops a new pre-employment training program that culminates in a diploma, allowing individuals to begin training as a line worker before they are employed by a utility company. The reduction in entry level positions will be addressed by building awareness of the line worker career among displaced workers from other sectors, underemployed individuals seeking better jobs, and recruiting high school students into a pre-employment diploma program.

Contact Information

Deborah Buterbaugh
Project Manager
National Energy Technology Laboratory
3610 Collins Ferry Road
Morgantown, WV 26507-0880

Deb Hawks
Principal Investigator
Iowa Valley Community College District
3702 S Center St
Marshalltown, IA 50158-4760

Recipient: Iowa Valley Community Colleg
HQ State: Iowa
NERC Region:
Total Budget: $761,279
Federal Share: $634,399
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Targeted Benefits:
  • Job training and creation in the electric power industry
  • Provides a training regime that frees skilled line workers to concentrate on training higher level apprentices
  • Supports the development of a technical class capable of installing, operating, and maintaining the next generation of electric transmission and distribution technologies in the U.S.

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