Yavapai College was recently awarded a $1.87 million federal grant by the U.S. Department of Labor that will support a new electrical line worker program with Arizona Public Safety, expand the mining program and strengthen its existing electrical instrumentation program.
The grant was part of a $13,477,799 grant awarded to a consortium of five Arizona community colleges to develop programs to help train people for careers as technicians, line workers, plant operators, engineers, and skilled crafts people in the energy sector, said Mike Lange, spokesman for Yavapai College.
"The grant complements the very strong electrical programs that we already have," said John Morgan, dean of career and technical education at Yavapai College. "This will give our students the opportunity to seek gainful employment at several major power companies throughout Arizona, particularly in heavy electrical jobs. These are jobs that pay very good wages."
The grant money will be used over three years to build a new electrical lab and enhance the core electrical, electronics and pre-engineering facilities at Yavapai College's CTEC campus near the Prescott airport and a new substation maintenance lab and install other items needed for line-worker training at the Chino Valley campus.
The Arizona Sun Corridor Get Into Energy Consortium of five Arizona community colleges is led by Avondale's Estrella Mountain Community College and includes Yavapai College, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Northland Pioneer College and Pima Community College in Tucson.
"This grant and its purpose align perfectly with Yavapai College's goal of supporting economic development in Yavapai County by providing affordable training programs that meet workforce needs," said Dr. Penny Wills, president of Yavapai College. "We're working with our consortium members and business partners to develop the details of the new training programs. This is a wonderful win for Yavapai County and the state of Arizona."
The consortium will develop a common curriculum, credit certificates and degrees to allow seamless transferability from community colleges to Arizona State University for students who want to pursue bachelor's degrees in engineering or other energy-related fields.
More information about the grant is available at www.doleta.gov/taaccct.