March 3, 2021
Atlanta Technical College (ATC) and Georgia Power celebrated their inaugural Electrical Lineworker program completion on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Six students completed the technical certificate of credit (TCC) armed with the knowledge and skills to gain immediate employment as entry-level lineworkers with electrical utility companies.
Ms. Caroline Angelo, ATC’s Executive Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, opened the ceremony by introducing Dr. Ian Toppin, the Dean of Industrial & Transportation Technologies, and Ms. Sheba Stepps, ATC’s Program Chair and Instructor. After greeting the entourage of representatives and instructors from Georgia Power, Mr. Glen Grizzle, the senior vice president of power delivery for Georgia Power Company, delivered remarks. He stressed the importance of linemen’s essential work, committing to providing opportunities for inclusion, diversity, and equity. “We all need to be at the table, and we know that if we can find a way to hire right here in Atlanta, we will have a workforce that looks more like the community we serve.” Mr. Grizzle presented the graduates with an offer of a paid internship with the Company after their apprenticeship. The graduates also received a Georgia Power hard hat as they received their certificates.
One graduate, Ms. Sincherryo Sain, the first woman to graduate through the Georgia Power Lineworker Program, was motivated by her desire to take care of her family and others in her community. “I knew that this program would lead to an enriching career and open a lot of doors for candidates like me. I love a challenge and overcoming fears, so it’s exciting to excel.” When asked what advice she would give to other women pursuing this field, she said: “Always keep a positive attitude and never give up. Listen to the instructors; they want you to succeed. It always gets easier over time.”
Dr. Victoria Seals, the College’s president, closed out the celebratory affair encouraging the graduates to pay it forward. The next program completion ceremony will be held in May 2021.