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Waupun Utilities’ Employee Completes Apprenticeship, Earns Journey Status

Vande Kolk, a Waupun resident, was one of 33 apprentices from utilities around the state who completed apprenticeships and received diplomas on January 20, 2011, at the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin/Rural Electric Cooperatives Joint Superintendent’s Conference in Stevens Point, WI.

The Electrical Lineman Apprenticeship consists of four years of not less than 8,000 hours in which a minimum of 640 hours is spent in paid-related instruction. As an apprentice, Vande Kolk completed this training to achieve his status as a journey electric lineworker.

“We are proud to see Owen complete his apprenticeship,” said Zak Bloom, General Manager. “The training and knowledge he has received since joining our utility will help him perform highly skilled work on our high-voltage electric distribution system.”