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Jessica Walker Is First Woman to Receive Consumer’s Lineworker Scholarship, at Lansing Community College

September 8, 2017

LANSING, MICH. - Surrounded by her classmates and instructors, Jessica Walker received the first "Female Lineworker Scholarship" at the Great Lakes Center for Utility Training located at Lansing Community College's West Campus facility.

The $2,500 scholarship was presented by Jim Coutu, Business Services Manager with South Central Michigan Works! Agency through a partnership with the Consumer's Energy Foundation.

Jessica is currently a student in Lansing Community College's Lineworker program, a school-to-work partnership with Consumer's Energy Foundation, and will be completing her training in Summer semester of 2018.

Jessica said, "I am so honored to have received this scholarship.  It means so much to me!  I'm very thankful to the Consumer's Energy Foundation and South Central Michigan Works! for awarding the scholarship, and to all of the instructors at LCC who have taught me so much.  Women can do this!  I hope I can inspire others to explore this amazing opportunity to be a part of the Lineworker program.  I’m having a great time!"

Assisting with the presentation were representatives from Consumer’s Energy, including Aaron Warriner, Director of Human Resources, Richard Scott, Generation Technical Skills Training Lead and Amber Fogarty, Learning Facilitator - School-to-Work Coordinator. Representing Lansing Community College is Mark Cosgrove, Dean for the Technical Careers Division.

Mark Cosgrove said, "Jessica is an excellent student who excels in the LCC Lineworker Program. She is certainly deserving of this scholarship from Consumer's Energy Foundation. Someday we will be counting on her to keep our lights on. There is no doubt that she will tackle that task with dedication and enthusiasm. I thank Consumers for their investment in Jessica. Great choice."

This is the first year of the scholarship which was made possible through a partnership with South Central Michigan Works! Agency and the Consumer's Energy Foundation. With the support of the Foundation the goal is to continue making this an annual award.

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Photo: Jessica Walker being presented with the scholarship award from Jim Couto, Business Service Manager, MI Works! Southeast Division. Photo by Rex Peckens.

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Photo: Mark Cosgrove, LCC Dean of Technical Careers, and Jessica Walker. Photo by Rex Peckens.

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Photo: From Left, Jim Couto, Jessica Walker, Mark Cosgrove, Richard Scott (Learning and Development Generation Technical Skills Training Lead - Consumers Energy.) Photo by Rex Peckens.

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Photo: From left, Amber Fogarty, Jessica Walker, Richard Scott, Aaron Warriner. Photo by Rex Peckens.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is the third-largest community college in Michigan, serving a six-county area with nearly 15,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

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