Utility students graduate early to enter job market just in time

Wednesday March 11, 2015
Gas Utility student kneels by a gas guage

Students in two utility-related degree programs will graduate tonight so that they're ready for the spring construction season. Electrical Power Distribution and Gas Utility Construction and Service will hold their own graduation celebration tonight at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
FACT: Recent graduates of the Gas Utility and Electrical Power Distribution programs had an average starting salary over $60,000.

The event begins with a family-and-friends open house at 4:30 p.m. in the Center for Building and Construction Trades, where the programs have specialized classrooms and labs. At 5:30 p.m., the group will go to the Lecture Hall (Room SC 132) for the commencement ceremony, followed by refreshments.

Electrical Power student on an electrical pole
The utility students started their nine-month programs in June, rather than in fall when most students enroll in college. The non-traditional start time allows them to graduate in March and be on the job in time for spring thaw, when many utility construction projects traditionally get underway.The students will receive degrees that are in very high demand; 2014 graduates of the Gas Utility and Electrical Power Distribution programs had an average starting salary over $60,000.

(See utility grad photos on Facebook.)

Electrical Power Distribution class stands on electrical power poles