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Dodge City Daily Globe - Dodge City, KS
  • DC3 approves lease for lineman program

  • The lineman program at Dodge City Community College (DCCC) will soon be experiencing some new changes, thanks to an agreement passed at the college's board meeting Tuesday night.The agreement allows the college to lease an area of land at 14th Ave and Beeson for the purpose of training students in the school's lineman...
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  • The lineman program at Dodge City Community College (DCCC) will soon be experiencing some new changes, thanks to an agreement passed at the college's board meeting Tuesday night. The agreement allows the college to lease an area of land at 14th Ave and Beeson for the purpose of training students in the school's lineman program. Currently, lineman students take classes at the location separate from the main campus, but engage in live practice sessions on an area near the main campus's technical center. According to DCCC Vice President of Innovation and Workforce Development Danny Gillum, the change will allow for greater consolidation and convenience for students. “What we needed was a one-stop shop,” Gillum said. The land was leased for $1 from American Legion in exchange for the college's services in taking care of the land. Lineman students relocated to the off-campus location in the first place as a result of the college's ever-expanding technical school, which offers 22 separate programs. According to Gillum, the expansion stems all the way down to the lineman program. “Due to the growth and expansion of technical education here on campus we've outgrown everything,” Gillum said. “We are expanding so rapidly in technical education that at some point we will probably be needing room for building expansion,” he added. The lineman program was added to the college's curriculum four years ago. So far, the program has seen steady enrollment, with 36 students taking classes in the program last fall. The program is as lucrative for its demand as it is for its salary. If the current economy holds strong, more than 400,000 lineman should retire in the U.S. in the next ten years. The average starting pay for a lineman is between $18 and $22 per hour. As for the land lease, Gillum sees the agreement as a positive step. “It will not only give us more exposure in the city but allow us to expand more in the lineman program,” he said. “… I see it as a major win-win in the Dodge City area.”
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