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Kentucky Power establishes lineman scholarship at ACTC

December 14, 2018

ASHLAND — For women interested in a less traditional line of work, line work could actually be the right fit.

Kentucky Power recently established the Kentucky Lineman Scholarship at Ashland Community and Technical College. While “lineman” is in the title, the new scholarship is geared toward women and minorities who want to enter the technical field.

“Line work historically has been dominated ... by white men. But just as our military has opened up more roles for women and minorities, utilities across the country also are looking to diversify their workforce to better represent the communities we serve,” said Everett Phillips, managing director of Distribution Region Operations. “At Kentucky Power, we are committed to fostering an inclusive business environment and see this scholarship as one way we can attract more women and minorities to our industry.

“While line work is still a physically challenging job, modernization has diminished the physical demands of the day-to-day work. Some 25 years ago, where a job may have called for a five-person crew, bucket trucks and other tools now allow that same job to be completed by a two-person team.”

The scholarship fund was established with an initial gift of $1,500 from Kentucky Power.

The scholarship will be awarded to female or minority students who are enrolled in ACTC’s new Workforce Solutions lineman program, which will begin enrolling students during the spring semester for the course that begins in mid-March.

Applicants to the scholarship must also include a one-page essay as to why they want to become a line person.

To apply for the scholarship, students should complete ACTC’s general scholarship application, which can be found at ashland.kctcs.edu/affording-college.

For more information on the lineman program, contact Workforce Solutions at as_ workforce@kctcs.edu.

PAUL DAVIS: Property owners now have local experts in comprehensive restoration, repairs, reconstruction, remodeling and emergency services with the Paul Davis River Cities office expansion in Huntington, Charleston and Ashland.

As a provider of fire and water damage cleanup and restoration services for residential and commercial property owners, the franchise office formerly specialized in emergency services only.

Since 2016, Sarah Gabbard has been president and owner of the locally owned and operated Paul Davis franchise with an office at 610 1st St. in Worthington.

Josh Saunders is the general manager and Julie Davis is the marketing director, along with 45 full-time technicians and administrative professionals.

All Paul Davis technicians are certified from the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) and have experience in residential and commercial restoration and repairs along with contents recovery work. The firm specializes in serving property owners during disasters with mitigation and a myriad of services for flood, fire, smoke, wind or mold damage, among others.

Gabbard holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Kentucky in Lexington. She also holds a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders, and general studies from Marshall University in Huntington. She also owns additional businesses in pest control and cleaning services throughout the region.

For information, call 606-744-2888.

RCBI: The Robert C. Byrd Institute in Huntington is offering free classes, Manufacturing for Women, with job placement assistance. The classes begin on Jan. 7 and continue until March 22. They are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Friday.

Apply as soon as possible at wvwomenwork.org/stepupamp. Graduates can earn from $10 to $16 an hour, according to RCBI officials. Call 304-528-9991 for more information.

Fred Pace is the business reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. Send your business news and photos to fpace@herald-dispatch.com. You can also call 304-526-2729. Follow him at Facebook.com/FredPaceHD and via Twitter @FredPaceHD.

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