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Students learn to climb utility poles in California

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Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) instructor Ray Atkinson observes as students in the PG&E's PowerPathway Pole Climbing Capstone course hang off of utility poles at the PG&E pole climbing training facility on Friday in Oakland, California. Students who are aspiring utility workers from Oakland's Cypress Mandela Training Center and Workforce Institute, a Division of San Jose/Evergreen Community College District, are participating in PG&E's PowerPathway program Pole Climbing Capstone course, a three week course that teaches skills to better prepare individuals to compete for jobs such as pre-apprentice lineworker within the utility industry. The free course is held at the new pole climbing training facility at PG&E's Oakport Service Center.

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A student participating in Pacific Gas and Electric's (PG&E) PowerPathway Pole Climbing Capstone course attaches climbing Gaffs to his boots.

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Students climb utility poles at the PG&E pole climbing training facility in Oakland.

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A student participating in Pacific Gas and Electric's (PG&E) PowerPathway Pole Climbing Capstone course hangs from a utility pole.

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