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The Joint Michigan Apprentice Program (JMAP) recently celebrated its first class of apprentices to become journeymen electrical lineworkers. The inaugural class celebrated the graduation of 18 apprentice linemen from 13 Michigan utilities that collectively span Michigan’s entire Lower Peninsula. Among those was our very own Jordan Wilson.

Jordan Wilson Journeyman Lineman
Zach Anderson, member of JMAP’s Joint Apprentice Training Committee  with Jordan Wilson our latest lineman to earn his journeyman rank.

“Jordan has dedicated thousands of hours to become a master in providing reliable power to our members,” said Robert Brown, operations manager at MEC. “We are proud of his commitment and dedication to this critical, often dangerous, profession.”

The JMAP is a U.S. Department of Labor-certified program committed to producing safe, high-quality journeymen through exceptional, state-of-the-art apprenticeship training. The program is a partnership between Wolverine Power Cooperative, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 876 (IBEW), and Northwest Lineman College—an industry-leading educational institution that provides pre-apprentice, apprentice, and journey-level training for hundreds of companies throughout the United States and internationally.

“The Joint Michigan Apprentice Program is proud to prepare Michigan’s lineworkers of the future,” said Eric Baker, president and chief executive officer at Wolverine Power Cooperative. “We’re confident in their readiness to provide safe, exceptional service to their utilities, members, customers, and fellow lineworkers.”

The JMAP began in the fall of 2017 and welcomed its first class of 61 apprentices from 28 Michigan utilities in the program’s inaugural class in September.