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Co-Lin Workforce Graduates Second Lineman Class

WESSON, Miss. – Eighteen students recently completed Copiah-Lincoln Community College’s Electrical Lineman School. The 16-week training program is offered by the college’s Workforce Education Division. Program Instructor Tony Martin, a retired Lineman from Magnolia Electric Power, served as both a mentor and a coach to help push students to be their best.

Graduates include Justice Abel of Clinton; Lonnie Ball of Tylertown; Jarred Bullock, Griffin Case, Cody Golmon, Brandon Lang, all of Brookhaven; Lawson Chemin of Wesson; Sam Cowart of Smithdale; Holden Granger of Hazlehurst; Tyler Hodges and Jacob Johnson, both of Summit; Austin May of Meadville; Collin Moore of Brandon; Dennis Rogers of Bogue Chitto; John Sasser and Gunner Smith, both of Monticello; Michael Brady Watts of Jayess; and Adam Sandifer of McComb.

            “These students started sixteen weeks ago without skills for a productive and rewarding career.  After intensive training they are ready to enter the workforce and to continue learning their trade,” said Martin. “They have a great start.”

            At a showcase and certificate presentation for family and friends, graduates showed off only a fraction of the skills they’d learned including attaching lines, climbing poles, and conducting a mock rescue. Workforce Director Stephenie Sullivan remarked on the graduating class.

            “These students have come a long way and are ready to make a difference,” said Sullivan. “We are so proud of each graduate.”

            The Electrical Lineman Program is a non-credit workforce training program that, when completed, provides graduates with nine credentials: National Electric Codes, National Safety Electric Codes, Multi-Meter, OSHA-10, Forklift, First Aid/CPR, 40-hours climbing, Pole-Top Rescue, and CDL- Class A- License.

            To register for the next Lineman School, contact Co-Lin’s Workforce Education Division at 601.643.8707 or visit is an online news source serving Simpson and surrounding counties as well as the State of Mississippi.

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Patrice, wife of Greg Boykin & mother of two sons, Bradley & Alex, is a Magee hometown girl. Patrice retired after 25 years in the Insurance industry and 23 of those years were with State Farm Insurance in Magee. She is very active in the community where she served as Secretary for the Magee Touchdown Club for 18 years and President of the MS Scholars of Simpson County. She was elected to a term on the Simpson County School Board. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Magee Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the Keep Magee Beautiful Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Simpson County Technical Center. Multiple times, Patrice was named Parent of the Year for Magee Schools as well as District Parent of the Year. Patrice & her family are members of New Hope Baptist Church.


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