EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) Chippewa Valley Technical College opens enrollment for a new program, which the college claims is unique to the Chippewa Valley area.
The 10 month long Gas Utility Construction and Service program is set to start June 10, at the CVTC Energy Education Center in Eau Claire.
The program will lead to a technical diploma to fill local job needs with contractors installing gas lines or utility companies maintaining systems for homes and businesses.
According to CVTC, about two thirds of Wisconsin homes are heated by natural gas, which creates a high demand from local utility companies for graduates of the new program. The twelve companies supporting the program said they are looking to hire about 80 graduates next year.
“It’s a good paying job. The jobs are only going to increase; we are going to need more and more of them. It’s a stable job, you don’t hear about the natural gas industry going away. In fact natural gas is actually cheaper today than it was in the past,” said RC Jensen CVTC Program Instructor.
The eighteen students in the program will spend very little time in lecture, aiming towards a more hands-on experience. Spending most of their time, in the lab, in the field, or in the simulation trench in the building.
Those enrolled will learn the skills needed to perform the job safely for both themselves and customers.