History of Lineman College
The conception of Northwest Lineman College occurred in 1991 when Aaron Howell was instructing at Boise State University’s Electrical Lineworker Program under the direction of Program Head Gerald McKie. Aaron had graduated from the program in 1984, worked as a Lineman for Pacific Gas and Electric, and was employed as a part time instructor while completing his business degree at Boise State. McKie was a former Idaho Power lineworker with considerable experience in the trade. McKie recognized the need for a much shorter program and a more updated and modernized curriculum. The BSU program followed a nine month academic calendar and was simply too long for the preparation necessary to produce a successful entry-level lineworker. McKie suggested to Howell that they should establish a private college that would deliver a more intense high quality program benefiting both the students and employers. After considerable discussion and study, the two decided that the venture should go forward.
Given the start-up requirements and need for instructors, McKie and Howell determined that one more individual would be needed to commence and maintain the operation of the college. They selected Shane Porter who had considerable experience as a lineman for Pacific Gas and Electric. The group elected McKie as President, Porter as Vice President, and Howell as Secretary/Treasurer. This group of highly committed individuals recognized the need for properly trained employees and was responsible for the establishment of Northwest Lineman College.
Northwest Lineman College was built on the concept of delivering the benchmark standard of training and contributing to improvements in the industry. The college has also had a long-standing commitment to promoting and preserving the history of the trade. The college now experiences a solid reputation that will provide the basis to provide a wider range of needed training in the future, again delivered to the benchmark standard.