FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Thirteen men are the first graduates of a lineman development program that’s the result of a partnership between Chain Electric Company and Pearl River Community College.
The graduates received certificates at the Woodall Technology Center on Thursday morning.
They took part in a four-year apprenticeship program hosted by PRCC that involved many hours of on-the-job learning.
“They’re Chain employees and they trained here for their laboratory time at Pearl River Community College’s facility that the Chains helped us build,” said Scott Alsobrooks, vice president for workforce and economic development for Pearl River Community College.
“They’ve got over 8,000 hours of combined training, between on the job training, computer training and classroom training and so, it’s quite a milestone for them,” said Bob Chain, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Chain Electric Company.
“You learn about 90 percent of what you learn on the job, but when you come over here, you learn why you do what, how to use your machinery and what’s the proper ways,” said Ramiro Hernandez, one of the graduates.
Thirty people initially enrolled in the program.