APS serves more than 1.3 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering affordable, clean and reliable energy in the Southwest. The company is committed to serving customers with 100% clean power by 2050. As owner and operator of Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’s current energy mix is 50% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).
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APS, Friendly House Partner to Offer Utility Lineworker Scholarships
Scholarships available to students throughout Arizona
PHOENIX – Arizona Public Service (APS) and Friendly House will award scholarships for an electrical lineworker program at Yavapai Community College starting in Fall 2023. Each scholarship offers tuition assistance for the Electric Utility Lineworker Certificate program that readies graduates for a pre-apprentice position with utility companies, like APS.
In 2019, APS and nonprofit Friendly House partnered to create the APS Lineworker Scholarship program to promote more opportunity, awareness, and greater participation of under-represented groups in the electric utility lineworker workforce. To date, APS and Friendly House have introduced more than 300 people to careers in energy through targeted outreach and pre-apprentice program information sessions. Last year’s cohort of scholarship recipients achieved a 100% graduation rate.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment in occupations with apprenticeships to grow at least as fast as the average for all occupations – if not faster – from 2018-2028. A lineworker is indispensable in an essential industry with strong growth opportunities and competitive pay and benefits. This scholarship program is one strategy for helping attract more people to the field.
“There is always a need for skilled lineworkers who install, repair and replace power lines and electrical equipment, to ensure customers’ homes and businesses have the reliable energy they need,” said Tina Marie Tentori, Director of Community Affairs for APS. “The scholarship program provides students with wrap-around services to give them the skills necessary to be successful in their career as a utility lineworker.”
The scholarship application is open through May 1, 2023. Candidates will be selected based on financial need, understanding of the lineworker career field and additional eligibility requirements. To learn more or apply, visit friendlyhouse.org/aps-scholarship.
“Our Friendly House mission is to launch lives further by empowering Arizona communities through education and human services, “said Jerry Mendoza, CEO of Friendly House Inc. “This is a great opportunity to help remove the financial barriers so that people can launch themselves into a successful career.”