August Spotlight

Alabama Living Magazine

AREA, Trenholm, Alabama Power to partner to train linemen

Electric utilities have a great demand for trained lineworkers, and a new program will allow those interested in that career path to prepare to work in the industry.

Crews set poles for the new training field at Trenholm.

The Alabama Rural Electric Association and two of its member cooperatives, Dixie EC and Central Alabama EC, and Alabama Power are partnering with Trenholm State Community College on a new lineworker training program; candidates must be 18 years old and have a high school diploma or GED, and complete an interest form at .

Applications will be accepted from Aug. 18 through Sept. 17, 2021, and the class will begin at 8 a.m. Jan. 10, 2022. (The early application deadline is to allow time for testing and financial aid applications.) The training class will be at Trenholm State’s Patterson Site, 3920 Troy Highway in Montgomery. 

It is a nine-week course, four or five days a week, 10 hours a day. The cost is $4,150 per student, and students will be required to have steel-toed work boots, hard hat, gloves and safety glasses. See the website above for more information or to apply.

Archives continues Food for Thought series in person

The Alabama Department of Archives and History will continue its popular Alabama history lunchtime lecture series, Food for Thought, on the third Thursday of every month at 12 p.m. in the Archives’ auditorium, 624 Washington Ave. in Montgomery.

Upcoming topics: Paul Pruitt will discuss Julia Tutwiler’s life of service on Aug. 19; Andrew Frank will deliver a talk on “Food in the Native South and the Curious Case of Coontie” on Sept. 16; and Joseph Caver will present “From Marion to Montgomery: The Early Years of Alabama State University” on Oct. 21. 

Admission is always free. Check the Archives’ website for the latest updates or call 334-242-4364.

Extension system offers Live Well Alabama recipes

Alabama is consistently among the highest in the U.S. for adult and child obesity and their related health issues. To help combat this crisis, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System has developed Live Well Alabama, a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program – education (SNAP-ed) initiative. 

Live Well Alabama combines innovative obesity prevention and nutrition education initiatives, as well as social media campaigns and policy, system and environmental change strategies. SNAP-ed targets food assistance participants and others with limited resources in all Alabama counties.

Want to learn more, and access tasty and budget-friendly recipes? At, hover over the topics tab and choose “home and family.” Choose “nutrition” and then “Live Well Alabama.”


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