High school students get a hands-on class on becoming a lineworker

High school students get a hands-on class on becoming a lineworker

BOYNE CITY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- Boyne City High School is the first high school in northern Michigan to offer a hands-on class that trains students for the utility industry.

The school has partnered with companies like Great Lakes Energy, Consumers Energy and DTE to make the program possible.

Juniors and seniors on week two of classes are already learning to use some of the gear and how to do things like climb poles.

The two teachers of the class are lineworkers for Great Lakes Energy.

“I’m learning how I can help my community and making new friends, because these people are going to be your family," said Erin Smith, a junior taking the class.

“I think it’s just going to give them a different opportunity," said James Rincon, one of the teachers. "There’s a lot of opportunities out there and line work’s one of them, but just the utility industry itself. There are so many opportunities in the utility industry. It’s not all about a lineman, there’s countless opportunities. Hopefully they’ll enjoy the class, and this is the future we’re teaching.”

Teachers say some students might be able to move in to a job as a line worker right after high school.

Others will have a leg up if they take more classes after graduation.

Students have already started to learn to climb, on Wednesday they will get to test their fear of heights by going up on a bucket truck.

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