During the May 10, 2019 Spring Commencement ceremony at Northwest Iowa Community College, the Powerline program graduated its 2,000th Powerline alumnus.
The Powerline program was one of the first unique programs offered at NCC. The program began in 1967 with the first graduating class consisting of 7 students. This program was initiated due to rural electric providers needing properly trained linemen, and still responds to the local needs of the Powerline industry.
Today, Powerline remains one of NCC’s unique, sought after programs. The diploma program is eleven months in length, but does offer additional training for a higher Associate of Applied Science degree. 72 students are accepted into the program annually, with 36 students beginning in May and an additional 36 beginning every August. The current Graduate Placement Report indicates that Powerline job placement remains 100% and the median starting wage is reported at $59,154.
Photo: Powerline – 2000: Group photo of the May 2019 Powerline Graduates