ComEd and City Colleges of Chicago Encourage Enrollment in the Overhead Electrical Line Worker Training Program at Dawson Tech this Fall
CCC now accepting applications for workforce
program designed to prepare job seekers for family sustaining
careers in energy
ComEd today joined the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) to
encourage job seekers to enroll in the next class of the Overhead
Electrical Line Worker (OELW) training program. The OELW program at
Dawson Technical Institute of Kennedy-King College helps prepare
job seekers for entry-level craft roles in the electrical industry.
The upcoming OELW session will run from September 12, 2022 through
March 30, 2023 at the Dawson Technical Institute, located at 3901
S. State Street in Chicago.
“ComEd’s ability to provide access to clean, affordable and
reliable power for 9 million people throughout the region depends
on a highly skilled workforce – and the Dawson OELW program is key
to attracting diverse, local talent needed to power our
communities,” said Diana Sharpe, head of workforce development
at ComEd. “The Dawson OELW program has helped hundreds of
students prepare for exciting careers in our industry. We encourage
more residents to apply to learn a skilled trade and to help guide
the clean energy transition.”
Participation in the OELW program can provide job seekers a
competitive edge in applying for employment at ComEd, including
jobs such as line workers, which offer starting hourly wages of
nearly $29, as well as employee benefits such as 401k and family
wellness programs. ComEd has recently announced its plans to hire
an additional 500 entry-level workers over the next three years to
help meet the demands of the clean energy transition.
ComEd and CCC are committed to removing barriers to job training
and access to employment opportunities. To that end, ComEd has
committed $50,000 in scholarships for 10 Chicago residents to
pursue the Dawson OELW program. Additionally, interested applicants
may be eligible to enroll in the OELW program at no cost through
City Colleges’ Future Ready program, which provides students access
to high-demand, short-term programs at no cost. To learn more about
Future Ready, go to www.ccc.edu/futureready.
“We are thrilled that ComEd shares our mission and is helping
Chicagoans meet their career objectives with these generous
scholarships,” said Juan Salgado, Chancellor of City Colleges of
Chicago. “Together with ComEd, we are supporting our students
to pursue their life goals in a pathway that leads to in-demand and
well-paying careers with an upward trajectory in the exciting field
ComEd and CCC launched the OELW training program at Dawson Tech
in 2006 to help expand access to specialized training needed to
support job seekers pursuing roles in the electrical and utility
trades. During the program, participants learn a combination of
math and physical skills needed to succeed in the electrical
industry. Participants receive field training as well as classroom
preparation needed for the construction and skilled trades (CAST
test) and fundamentals of electricity to perform work safely. Upon
completion, students receive an Advanced Certificate from CCC, and
job placement support.
Since the program launched, more than 435 participants have
graduated, with the program helping residents acquire skills needed
in math and physical training to advance in utilities industries.
More than 60 percent of OELW graduates have been hired by
CCC is accepting applications for the Fall OELW program now.
There are some pre-requisites including scheduling a one-hour
orientation with a CCC advisor, taking an English and math
placement exam, and completing a pole climbing evaluation at Dawson
This summer, ComEd will host a series of climb clinics and
interviewing workshops to help applicants overcome barriers to
training and employment. Additionally, applicants can take an
online practice CAST test, an industry entrance exam that tests
math and reading skills.
To learn more about pre-qualifications and to submit an
application, please visit: City Colleges of Chicago - Kennedy-King
- Dawson Technical Institute (DTI) of Kennedy-King College
(ccc.edu) or apply today, visit www.ccc.edu/apply.
Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit
of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NASDAQ: EXC), the nation's
leading competitive energy provider, with approximately 10 million
customers. ComEd provides service to approximately 4 million
customers across northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's
population. For more information visit
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