Magic Valley Electric Cooperative recently gave $20,000 to the TSTC Foundation for scholarships in Texas State Technical College’s Electrical Lineworker Technology program. The funds will benefit deserving students who one day hope to become part of the lineworker industry.
“The funding will enable us to help TSTC in its work to prepare students for the workforce now and in the future,” said TSTC Senior Field Development Officer Richard Mesquias. “This scholarship fund will be used to provide financial assistance for tuition, books and tools to eligible students.”
Partnerships with businesses like MVEC allow TSTC’s mission of training students for well-paying careers to continue. Mesquias says there is an expectation for the number of jobs in this market to climb. This makes the funds even more vital.
MVEC General Manager John Herrera said an important goal of the company is to empower the communities it serves.
“When TSTC reached out to us about investing in their Electrical Lineworker Technology program in the form of a scholarship fund, we did not hesitate,” he said. “We are honored to be part of the preparation and training of TSTC students toward a very rewarding career in the electric industry.”
Funding Student & Employer Success
“The program at TSTC can be life-changing for students,” Herrera said. “Although it is hard work, the career of an electrical lineworker can be very rewarding, both professionally and financially. It is an opportunity to play a vital role in your local community and allows you to become part of the family of lineworkers across the nation.”
TSTC Provost Cledia Hernandez said that the scholarship fund helps to accomplish two of TSTC’s biggest goals. Those are student success and employer success.
“We focus on getting our students trained to go straight into the workforce and be prepared with the skills employers look for,” she said. “We also work very closely with industry partners to ensure that we get their input on the skills needed to make certain that our programs are aligned with their needs.”
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas is at the top of the list of states with the highest level of employment for electrical lineworkers.