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Kendall Beck (left), Chairman of the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives Safety and Losst Control Committe, presents Clinton Nigh with his Journey Lineman certifi cate. Photo courtesy of OAEC.


ongratulations to employee Clinton Nigh for graduating from the apprentice lineman’s pro- gram. Nigh began working at the cooperative


in 2001 as a laborer with the cooperative’s subsidiary, Northeast Rural Services. In 2010, he was selected to enter the apprentice program and train to become a lineman. Northeast Oklahoma Electric participates in the


Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperative’s Power Line Training Program, a program developed in con- junction with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training. It is an intensive program that includes homework, on-the-job training, time tracking, classes, and testing. I In order to achieve certifi cation as a journey lineman, Nigh was required to complete 12 sections of curricu-


lum, pass a fi nal exam, and receive the written recommendations of his instructors and supervisors. In his free time, Nigh enjoys spending time with his daughters (Paisley, Abi, and Madi), fi shing, playing guitar,


and lending a helping hand to friends. When asked what advice he would off er those considering their future career, Nigh was quick to answer. “Understand that if you start your career at the bottom and work toward your future and goals, everything you achieve will be gratifying. I started out at the back of a chainsaw and now I get to do what I love. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth every moment.” Nigh is the 26th cooperative employee to graduate from apprenticeship training.


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