From left: Victoria Murphy Smith, Kennedy-King College executive director of business and auxiliary services; Tony Cameron, ComEd manager of Overhead Electrical Line Program Training; Phyllis Brooks, Ph.D., KKC; Bob Schacht, Dawson Technical Institute /EL
ComEd donated $35,000 to the Dawson Technical Institute Overhead Electrical Line Workers Program recently. Terry Donnelly, executive vice president of the utility company, said the job training partnership with DTI continues to deliver individuals to the workforces who are fully trained for the rigorous and plentiful electrical line worker jobs. The donated funds will be used for vehicle repairs and acquiring supplies to operate the program. John Dozier, president, Kennedy-King College said the ComEd partnership meets the City Colleges of Chicago mission to “create pathways to immediate employment and success for students.” Since the program began in 2006, over 75 percent of the 119 graduates have been placed in jobs with starting salaries of $19 per hour. Students in the DTI-OELWP receive an Advanced Skills Certificate upon successful completion of the program and are placed on the fast-track for employment with ComED and other utility related companies.