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This HBCU is showing students new career paths at utilities

Five students climbed mock utility poles at Denmark Technical College as their partners held a stopwatch to measure their progress at the end of their 16-week training.

They spent the training learning the basics of linework and climbed the poles at the James W. Bowden Sr. Electrical Lineworker Range at the college in South Carolina. The field named after program founder and Duke Energy retiree James Bowden, who has spent years recruiting utility workers.

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