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Edison International Announces Lineworker Scholarship Winners

Twelve recipients are awarded up to $25,000 each and have the opportunity to work with Southern California Edison

Edison International Announces Lineworker Scholarship Winners

Twelve recipients are awarded up to $25,000 each and have the opportunity to work with Southern California Edison

Published 06-29-23

Submitted by Edison International

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ROSEMEAD, Calif., June 29, 2023 /CSRwire/ - Twelve aspiring lineworkers will be awarded up to $25,000 each to pursue a chance to become a Southern California Edison lineworker. This is part of the 2023 Edison International Lineworker Scholarship Program, funded by Edison International shareholders and IBEW Local 47, designed to bring in lineworkers to help power the clean energy future. 

California has sizeable electrification needs to meet ambitious clean energy goals, and the electric industry will need highly skilled lineworkers to reach them. According to labor statistics, the demand for lineworkers is expected to rise by 8.5% by 2026. Edison’s Lineworker Scholarship Program is designed to fill that need with skilled lineworkers, right here in Southern California. 

“SCE needs well-trained and energetic lineworkers more than ever as we work to assure a grid that is reliable, resilient and ready to meet our customers’ demands in a clean energy future,” said Heather Rivard, SCE’s senior vice president of Transmission Distribution. “The Lineworker Scholarship Program is already helping us meet those needs, and I look forward to meeting the new scholarship winners, including a former U.S. Marine and our second female recipient!” 

The recipients of the 2023 Edison International Lineworker Scholarship are:

NameCity
Angela Bruleé                               Los Angeles        
Ivan CastanedaNorwalk
Jesse ChhingLong Beach
Lazarus FuentesBloomington
Justin JohnstonPico Rivera
Nisifolo LolesioSan Jacinto
Daniel MaldonadoForest Falls
Freddy McCutcheonLakewood
Israel MendezSouth Gate
Jermone MitchellLancaster
Ubaldo Reyes TapiaMaywood
Brandon RossMoreno Valley

 

Launched in 2021, the Edison International Lineworker Scholarship Program initially focused on attracting Black participants. This year, the program expanded its focus to include candidates who self-identify as Asian Pacific Islander, Native American or female. The Lineworker Scholarship provides tuition, tools and support services, such as housing, transportation and childcare, needed to complete required training at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College and to obtain a Class A driver’s license. 

2022 Lineworker Scholarship recipient Nicole Taylor said, “Three words that describe my journey since receiving the scholarship are resilience, strength and teamwork. There is a sense of camaraderie between the scholarship recipients, and the support we’ve received from the 2021 cohort has helped me along my journey.” 

Recipients are eligible for an entry-level groundman/groundwoman position at SCE once they complete the Powerline Mechanic Certificate program, obtain a Class A driver’s license and complete SCE pre-employment requirements. All jobs will be located within SCE’s 50,000-square-mile service area, and the company may require graduates to relocate for their positions. 

To learn more about the Lineworker Scholarship winners, visit the 2023 Lineworker Scholarship Spotlight page. 

The next application period will start next spring. Applicants are encouraged to visit Edison International Lineworker Scholarship to stay up to date on next year’s eligibility requirements. 

About Edison International 
Edison International (NYSE: EIX) is one of the nation’s largest electric utility holding companies, providing clean and reliable energy and energy services through its independent companies. Headquartered in Rosemead, California, Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison Company, a utility that delivers electricity to 15 million people across Southern, Central and Coastal California. Edison International is also the parent company of Edison Energy LLC, a global energy advisory firm engaged in the business of providing integrated decarbonization and energy solutions to commercial, industrial and institutional customers.

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Edison International (NYSE:EIX), through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power and an investor in energy services and technologies, including renewable energy. Headquartered in Rosemead, Calif., Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities.

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