recent grant of $30,000 from the Arizona Public Service (APS) Foundation will
allow Chandler-Gilbert Community College (CGCC)’s Electric Utility Technology
(EUT) Program to reach new heights. Thanks, in part to this grant, students at
CGCC’s EUT program will continue to learn the best techniques to climb utility
poles and repair overhead and underground distribution wires.
APS Foundation’s focus is to improve Arizona student performance in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), according to Tammy McLeod, vice
president of the APS Foundation.
are excited about this partnership as it represents our continued commitment to
investing in STEM programs, education and ultimately Arizona,” said McLeod. “We
are honored to be able to contribute to Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s
EUT program, its faculty and equipment and to the success of the program’s
students as they enter the job market.”
EUT program, which started 13 years ago, offers real-world
training to its students. Students gain practical experience such as pulling
utility distribution wires into place on distribution poles. The APS Foundation
grant will provide funding for additional equipment to further familiarize
students with technology, situations and equipment they will use in future jobs
and on projects.
on CGCC’s Williams Campus, the EUT program is designed to produce a technical
certificate or Associate of Applied Science degree. In addition, it provides
students with basic preparation in overhead and underground construction and
entering the program are always surprised at how frustrating, hard and
challenging it is to learn how to climb a pole but by the end of the second
semester it becomes easy,” said Mark D. Weaver, director of CGCC’s Electric
Utility Technology Program. “The EUT program graduates
more than 80 percent of its students and places more than 60 percent in utility
To date, the EUT program has facilitated the
hiring of 34 pre-apprentice and apprentice line workers. Given that these
students live, train and work in Arizona, they are accustomed to Arizona
weather, which above and beyond the training is another advantage to this
program. This type of success story is only made possible through strong
relationships and participation from industry partners, such as APS and the APS
Foundation. Since the beginning of the program, APS has donated tools, talent
and time to the EUT program.
Above and beyond financial contributions, APS
journeymen linemen are a familiar sight on CGCC’s Williams Campus as they
regularly come into EUT program labs to give lectures on the line worker trade
and the latest issues. They also provide climbing demonstrations to students.
To find out more information about CGCC’s EUT
program call Mark Weaver at 480-988-8255 or visit maricopa.edu.