Thirteen lineworkers graduated Saturday, Jan. 28, from Indiana Electric Cooperatives’ apprenticeship program, Rural Electric Apprentice Program (REAP).
REAP is a four-year program that professionally trains apprentice lineworkers from across Indiana. Graduates complete 576 hours of classroom-related study and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training at their electric cooperative. Students also complete four additional classes through Ivy Tech Community College. Upon completion of the program, graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science and a journeyman lineman certificate.
“Lineworkers are the backbone of our operations and their dedication to the member-consumers of Indiana’s electric cooperatives is outstanding.” said Tom VanParis, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “We are proud to have these hardworking individuals as part of the cooperative family.”
This year’s graduates are:
- Dustin Baker, Boone REMC
- Christopher Ennis, Marshall County REMC
- Evan Flora, ElectriCom, Inc.
- Gerald (Jerry) Garcia, Noble REMC
- Zane Gray, Noble REMC
- Samuel Headlee, Tipmont REMC
- Nick Iden, Kosciusko REMC
- Josh Maggart, Miami-Cass REMC
- Thomas Maroney, Miami-Cass REMC
- Cole Morrow, ElectriCom, Inc.
- Brady Miller, Heartland REMC
- Justin Nesius, Jasper County REMC
- Elijah Smith, Tipmont REMC