October 2019

Climbing to success

In August 2018, Drayton Davis strapped on his climbing equipment and gaffs (sharp steel spikes fastened to boots to help with climbing), put on his hard hat, gloves and other safety gear, and ascended a utility pole for the first time at lineman training school at Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC). A year later, the […]


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Climbing to success

In August 2018, Drayton Davis strapped on his climbing equipment and gaffs (sharp steel spikes fastened to boots to help with climbing), put on his hard hat, gloves and other safety gear, and ascended a utility pole for the first time at lineman training school at Lincoln Land Community College (LLCC). A year later, the […]

Enhancing education, one grant at a time

Classroom responsibilities continue to increase, yet state funding, even for the most basic classroom necessities, inadequately covers the expenses. Though teachers feel the pressure, their commitment to their students exceeds the challenges they face. Teachers are resourceful and resilient, but they could use some help. Now several Illinois electric co-ops are providing just that. One […]

Looking for lineworkers

Kaitlyn Vaillancourt was tired of working dead-end jobs. The Michigan native was looking for a change in scenery, eager to get her life started. Then her brother showed her the website for Northwest Lineman College. Admitting that she had never heard of linework as a career, Vaillancourt, 21, was intrigued. “I had all these friends […]