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If you live anywhere in Emmet or Charlevoix County, chances are you’ve seen our contractors working hard to build our fiber network. We’re proud to work with contractors like Wolf Line Construction to bring a much-needed service to rural Michigan.  Not only are we bringing high-speed internet to rural Michigan, but we’re also helping to bring job opportunities as well!

Wolf Line Construction has partnering with Northwest Lineman College to start a new Department of Labor Certified Apprenticeship Program. The program is open to all employees interested in furthering their education and skills to become certified journeyman fiber optic lineman.

A kickoff meeting was held at the Inn at Bay Harbor in September. Thirty of WLC’s apprentices attended the meeting to register with NLC and Michigan Works. This is an outstanding opportunity to build a foundation and a life-long career. WLC has worked very closely with Michigan Works to get a Department of Labor approval for this Apprenticeship program.

The program will be 4 years long and will consist of 2000 on the job training hours and 2 weeks a year at one of the NLC campuses. Apprentices will be responsible for intense studying and bookwork in addition to the on the job training hours.

This program supports WLCs focus on the safety and health of each employee, maintaining an excellent safety record and ensuring that all employees return to their families each day unharmed. This Apprentice program will also provide WLC clients, including Great Lakes Energy/Truestream, with the highest quality service possible with competent trained employees.