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Gateway Offers New Energy Programs

Gateway Community & Technical College has begun offering an energy utility technician certificate that can be completed in less than one year and qualifies students to become an entry-level technician at utility companies.

The energy utility technician certificate has been developed through a U.S. Department of Labor grant, with input from energy and communication industry partners, and is designed specifically to meet the needs of local employers, said Dr. Anthony Clarke, chair of Gateway's Manufacturing and Trades Technologies Division.

The 19-credit-hour course of study includes an opportunity for an apprenticeship and offers students real-life experience working with bucket trucks and climbing utility poles. Courses teach aspects of utility operation, line maintenance, underground operations, substation operations, transmission distribution and how to stay safe on the job . All courses are offered after 5 p.m. weekdays and on Saturdays.

This certificate would interest students who enjoy heights, working with their hands, working outside and who are detail and safety oriented, said Dr. Yvonne Meichtry, Gateway to Energy Careers project coordinator.

The certificate can be applied toward an associate in applied science degree in Electrical or Industrial Maintenance Technology.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funding is available for students who quality. For further information, contact the Florence One Stop at 859-371-0808 or the Covington One Stop at 859-292-6666.

Gateway offers additional training opportunities aimed at energy careers. These include the voice and data wiring installer certificate, as well as courses in energy efficiency and auditing, solar/photovoltaic systems, wind energy technologies and outside plant technologies.

Green energy technologies are integrated in all of our energy offerings, Dr. Clarke added.

For more information about the Energy Utility Technician Certificate, visit and search Energy Certificate or contact Dr. Meichtry,, 859-442-4190. Students can apply now for admission to the program; fall classes begin Aug. 16.