The Kilgore College Electric Power Technology (KCEPT) program hosted a lineman rodeo and graduation Friday for the 24th class to complete the 10-week certificate program.

It’s the first summertime graduation for the program, KC’s Dr. Mike Turpin said.

Twelve students competed on (and, more often, above) the KCEPT Training Field June 14, the fourth class to use it, the second group under the leadership of instructor Travis Croft.

Skills demonstrated at the rodeo included pole climbing, hurt-man rescue and insulator changing exercises. Graduation followed later in the day at First Baptist Church of Kilgore.

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 Graduation candidates, listed by hometown, included:

Arp, TX: Jaron C. Swonke

Atlanta, TX: Kendal C. Griffin

Bullard: Caleb W. Hall

Canton, TX: Carter A. Hale

Elkhart, TX: Brody L. Chapin

Frisco, TX: Kyle J. Crites

Gilmer, TX: Nathan K. Barksdale and Joseph E. Sheid

Huntington, TX: Tye L. Smith

Mount Pleasant, TX: Daniel M. Martinez

Scroggins, TX: Colby D. Keener

Sulphur Springs, TX: Dennis D. Morris


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