Two Franklin County High School graduates recently completed training as communications linemen at the Southeast Lineman Training Center in Trenton, Georgia.
Joseph Baker and Tyler Jackson participated in the traditional graduation activities on Aug. 27.
Beginning with a “rodeo” in the morning, during which families and friends were entertained with demonstrations and competitions involving pole climbing on the training grounds, they ended the events with certificates and awards in the afternoon in Chattanooga.
Baker is the son of Earl and Samantha Baker of Decherd and is the recipient of the Lachlan Brain Lineman Memorial Scholarship, created by Philip and Valerie Lorenz in memory of their grandson, Lachlan, who met with a fatal accident while restoring power to the victims of Hurricane Harvey in August 2017.
Baker is looking forward to a career in communications infrastructure, helping to provide internet service to all.
The Southeast Lineman Training Center is a private organization that runs two programs.
A four-month intensive course focuses on preparing applicants for professional work on electrical power lines, and the other two-month course prepares students for careers on communications lines.