Twenty-two graduate electric lineworker apprenticeship program

Twenty-two lineworkers graduated Saturday from Indiana Electric Cooperatives’ apprenticeship program, Rural Electric Apprenticeship Program (REAP).
REAP is a four-year program that professionally trains apprentice lineworkers from across Indiana. Graduates complete 612 hours of classroom-related study and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training at their electric cooperative. Cooperative apprentices 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 their communities and the consumers of Indiana’s electric cooperatives is outstanding,” said Jon Elkins, vice president of safety, training and compliance at Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “We are proud to have these hardworking individuals as part of the cooperative family.”

During the banquet, IEC CEO John Cassady told graduates, “we encourage our member cooperatives to passionately pursue a culture of safety, which starts with thoroughly educating employees about electric systems. We are proud of this elite apprenticeship program that has provided you with an educational experience to safely pursue a career as an electric line professional.”

This year’s graduates are:

  • Zachary Albin, Heartland REMC
  • Landon Beaty, ElectriCom
  • Gavin Boyd, ElectriCom
  • Tyler Burns, Carroll White REMC
  • Chris Carnes, ElectriCom
  • Kyle Davis, Heartland REMC
  • Tyler Dekemper, ElectriCom
  • Ryan Elkins, ElectriCom
  • Andrew Eller, NineStar Connect
  • Evan Fischer, ElectriCom
  • John Gerbick, Hendricks Power Cooperative
  • Cain Gilstrap, ElectriCom
  • Tracy McCracken, ElectriCom
  • Adam Neely, Northeastern REMC
  • Neal Nobbe, ElectriCom
  • Spencer O’Day, Heartland REMC
  • Zebb Pippin, Tipmont 
  • Justin Pitts, Hendricks Power Cooperative
  • Noah Terrill, Heartland REMC
  • Daylon Ulrich, Steuben County REMC
  • Tyron Watson, Carroll White REMC
  • Michael Witvoet, Jasper County REMC