Rocky Mountain Power Donates to College Powerline Technology Program

Rocky Mountain Power Donates to College Powerline Technology Program

(From left to right) Dr. Cliff Wittstruck, Western Vice President for Student Learning; Amy Murphy, Western Dean of Outreach and Workforce Development; Ron Wild, Rocky Mountain Power’s Regional Business Manager; Dr. Kim Dale, Western President; Carlton DeWick, Western School of Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Chair display the donation check.

ROCK SPRINGS — Western Wyoming Community College has received a $5,000 donation from Rocky Mountain Power in support of their new Powerline Technology Program.

Western offers the only Powerline program in Wyoming. Employment opportunities are available with rural electric cooperatives, municipal and private utility companies, private contractors and many others.

Course material and lab activities are based around the application and theory of distribution and transmission of electrical power. Fieldwork includes operating a digger derrick truck, setting poles, climbing poles, installing anchors and stringing conductors. A Class A CDL is a graduation requirement for this program.  

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“On behalf of Rocky Mountain Power, we are committed to the Powerline Technology program, not only by providing this financial assistance, but in working with Western’s staff in their recruitment/outreach efforts to educate potential students about the careers in our industry,” said Ron Wild, Rocky Mountain Power’s regional business manager. “We couldn’t fulfill our goal of safe and reliable operations without a strong employee base. Programs like this help us fulfill that promise.” 

Western’s President Dr. Kim Dale said Rocky Mountain Power has been an integral partner in supporting the development and success of the newly created Powerline Technology program.

“(It’s) a program that will lead the industry and our students directly into high-demand/high-growth careers. This donation is a great example of how our partners commit to the success of the program,” Dale said.

The Powerline Technology program is currently underway in the recruitment for their first cohort scheduled to begin in August 2022.  For more information about the Powerline program, fill out our lead form: