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A group of key industry leaders will provide a graduation address to completers of South Louisiana Community College’s Power Lineman program.
Graduation will be held Thursday, February 24, in SLCC’s Health & Sciences Auditorium starting at 1 p.m. A total of 17 graduates will be honored during the ceremony.
Leaders from power companies will address the graduates. These guests include:
  • Jeff Rieman - Preferred Electric Inc
  • Bill Bosch - LineTec
  • Kevin Forestier - LUS
  • Andre Guillory - CLECO
  • John “Brandon” Meche - SLEMCO
Dr. Vincent June, SLCC’s chancellor, will also address the graduates.
SLCC began its Power Lineman program in 2019 and has graduated 95 students since that time. The Lineman Program is 20 weeks in length and includes numerous certifications, including Class A CDL, NCCER Core, NCCER Lineman Level I, and more.
Bosch, of LineTec, is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Journeymen Linemen, a nonprofit he founded to help inform the public and honor linemen. He is an inductee of the Linemen’s Hall of Fame in 2011.
Guillory serves as the Vice President and Chief Customer Officer with CLECO. A native of South Louisiana, he is focused on strategy and execution of all distribution and customer-related operations.
Meche, of SLEMCO, serves as its Director of Operations and is responsible for the company’s field customer service, reliability, emergency response, and disaster recovery. A professional licensed engineer, he is currently working on fully automating SLEMCO’s metering system.
Forestier, of LUS, is a native of Duson and serves the company as a Transmission and Distribution Operations Supervisor. During major storm events, he plays a key role in coordinating work to restore power.
South Louisiana Community College is a comprehensive community college that operates campuses in Abbeville, Crowley, Franklin, Lafayette, Morgan City, New Iberia, Opelousas, St. Martinville, and Ville Platte. The college serves more than 17,000 students annually and offers an array of academic programs. Students earn associate degrees, technical diplomas, certificates, and industry-based certifications. It is ranked 14th among the Top 100 Associate Degree Producers as determined by Community College Week.

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