Student Conduct

Good student conduct is important for the safety of the class, instructor, and in the student’s career.  Any of the following behavior will result in expulsion from the program:

  • Damaging or stealing school property. 
  • Any use, possession, or involvement with illegal substances. (See Drug, Alcohol, and Illegal Items/Substance Policy)
  • Cheating or copying on exams or quizzes.
  • Fighting with students or staff.
  • Any unruly behavior against any of the institution’s policies.
  • Arguing with Staff

Grading Policy

100%-90%=A; 89%-80%=B; 79%-70%=C; 69%-60%=D; 59% or less=F

Student will not receive a diploma with less than a 70% C average in the program.
Some of the field evaluations will be conducted on a pass/fail basis.  Each evaluation consists of several duties that will have to be passed in order to pass the evaluation.  If the student passes 70% of the duties associated with that specific field evaluation, they will pass that evaluation.  The percentage of the evaluation that they pass will be the score that is factored into the GPA.  The student cannot fail any of the evaluations as a whole.  The student must pass all field evaluations as a whole, with at least a 70% to be eligible for graduation.

Also considered for figuring into the student’s GPA are several ‘field tests’ that the student will have to perform, which are not ‘pass/fail’, so that whatever the percentage he/she receives for that particular test, will also factor into the student’s GPA. The student must pass all field evaluations as a whole, with at least a 70%, to be eligible for graduation.

Students must pass and be certified to administer CPR/First Aid to be eligible for graduation.
(VA students must maintain an 80% and/or a 3.0 GPA, in order to graduate, receive a diploma and certifications.)

Transferring Credits

The North American Lineman Training Center is a special purpose institution.  That purpose is to provide the highest quality education, along with real-world, hands-on instruction to those seeking to be trained for a career as an electrical line worker.  This purpose does not include preparing students for further college study.  Students should be aware that transfer of credit is always the responsibility of the receiving institution.  Whether or not credits transfer is solely up to the receiving institution.  Any student interested in transferring credit hours should check with the receiving institution directly to determine to what extent, if any, credit hours can be transferred. 

The North American Lineman Training Center may or may not accept previous education credits, training, or experience as contact hours toward the programs offered. Because NALTC will review and consider prior training and education for VA students, as it may or may not apply to our pre-apprentice lineworker program, please be sure to send a copy of any technical or college transcripts along with your enrollment package, application fee and deposit.

Please see the Transferability of Credits disclosure below:
Credits earned at North American Lineman Training Center may not transfer to another educational institution. Credits earned at another educational institution may not be accepted by North American Lineman Training Center. You should obtain confirmation that North American Lineman Training Center will accept any credits you have earned at another educational institution before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement. You should also contact any educational institutions that you may want to transfer credits earned at North American Lineman Training Center to determine if such institutions will accept credits earned at North American Lineman Training Center prior to executing an enrollment contract or agreement. The ability to transfer credits from North American Lineman Training Center to another educational institution may be very limited. Your credits may not transfer and you may have to repeat courses previously taken at North American Lineman Training Center if you enroll in another educational institution. You should never assume that credits will transfer to or from any educational institution. It is highly recommended and you are advised to make certain that you know the transfer of credit policy of North American Lineman Training Center and of any other educational institutions you may in the future want to transfer the credits earned at North American Lineman Training Center before you execute an enrollment contract or agreement.

Placement Assistance

Students will be given a listing of utility companies, electric co-ops, and unions around the country.  After discussing the differences in the types of companies that they are eligible to work for, the North American Lineman Training Center will guide them through the resume building process and help them apply to various employers of their choice.  Local opportunities and any other opportunities that NALTC is aware of will be posted in the classrooms and on the web.  The Pre-Apprentice Lineworker Program requires the students to have 12 hours during the semester focused in career planning.  The North American Lineman Training Center does not guarantee employment to its students.

Termination/Cancellation

When computing refunds pursuant the last day of attendance for a student shall be one of the following:

  • The date on the expulsion notice if a student is expelled from the institution.
  • The date the institution receives a written notice (including a signed drop form) of withdrawal from a student.
  • When no written notice of withdrawal is given, the institution shall use the last day of attendance as the date of withdrawal.
  • Fails to return from an approved Leave of Absence (LOA).
  • Any use or presence of drugs, alcohol, weapons, or any illegal substances will result in expulsion.
  • Fighting, stealing, or cheating will result in expulsion.
  • Excessive absences.  We require 500 contact hours to be completed to be eligible to finish the program.

Re-Enrollment Policy

To be readmitted to the program, the student must appeal to the Institutional Director within one week.  If the school accepts that appeal, the student may re-enroll for the next semester.

Drugs, Alcohol, and illegal items/substances Policy

  • Under no circumstances are drugs and alcohol permitted on school property.
  • At no time will a student be under any influences of drugs or alcohol on school property or at any school related event.  This is for the safety of all the students while working and studying in our program.
  • No weapons are permitted on school property, not even in vehicles.  This includes knives of any size (other than the skinning knife required as part of the student’s equipment list ), guns, bow and arrows, etc.
  • This college reserves the right to random drug tests of its students, with or without cause.  Positive results will result in expulsion and possibly legal action.   Expulsion may also occur if weapons are found on or in the possessions of the students.  This could also result in legal action.  This is for the safety of all the students while working and studying in our program.

Attendance Policy

Consistent attendance will be required of all students.  Students are allowed 3 full days of absence during the course of the program.  This is to ensure that the 500 contact hours that are required to finish the Pre-Apprentice Lineworker Program are completed. Please try not to use your hours of absence, unless you absolutely have to, because if you should use all you hours of absence, and miss more than that; even if you are sick; YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GRADUATE and receive your Diploma, NO MATTER WHAT THE REASON IS. This is the state’s rule, and we cannot vary from that. 

2 tardies will constitute 1 unexcused absence.  A tardy will be issued if a student misses the first 15 minutes or more of the class.  A tardy will also be issued if the student leaves the class early by 15 minutes or more.

If more than 3 full days are missed, the student may be subject to expulsion from the program.  See policy on Re-Enrollment.

Student Grievances

Student complaints should be brought immediately to the attention of the instructor.  This can be an informal, private conversation or in writing. If no course of action has been taken on the complaint after one school week, the student will need to submit their complaint in writing to the office. 

Student grievances should be brought immediately to the attention of the Chief Instructor, Rick Wolfe (phone number-931-582-4161). This can be an informal, private conversation or in writing. If no course of action has been taken on the complaint after one school week, the student will need to submit their complaint in writing to the North American Lineman Training Center office at: 490 Gravelly Run Road, McEwen, TN 37101.

North American Lineman Training Center will strive to address all student complaints in a timely and fair manner.  If the student feels that the complaint is not taken care of after 30 days, the student should submit their grievance in writing to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, Nashville, TN 37243-0830.  Telephone:  615-741-5293.

Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Notice

North American Lineman Training Center shall provide initial and continuing notice that it does not discriminate on any prohibited ground, to applicants, eligible applicants, participants, applicants for employment, employees, and members of the public, including those with impaired vision or hearing, and unions or professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements with the recipient.

North American Lineman Training Center does not deny admission or discriminate against students enrolled at this institution on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, age, disability or national origin to the extent of the law.

Progress Evaluations

The students in the Pre-Apprentice Lineworker Program will be tested by exams and quizzes along with field competency evaluations throughout the semester.  100% is based on classroom exams, field testing and field evaluations.  There will be three progress assessment dates.  At each assessment, the student must have a GPA of 2.0.  If the student fails to meet this requirement, the student will be on probation.  See the probation policy for more details.
 

  • The first assessment will be at the end of the 1st four weeks.
  • The second will be at mid-term or at the end of the 1st 8 weeks.
  • The third progress evaluation will be at the finish of the program and will be the final determination for passing the program.
  • To receive a diploma the student must finish the program with a 2.0 GPA or higher.

(VA students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher, in order to graduate.)

Probation Policy

Based on the progress evaluation policy, if the student does not earn the required GPA at the end of each assessment, the student will be on probation until the next assessment.  Probation requires that the student meet with the instructor to discuss guidelines to improve their GPA.  These guidelines will be in writing and will be monitored during the probation to ensure that the correct efforts are being made by the student to improve for the next assessment.
In the event that the student does not improve their GPA to a 2.0 by the next assessment, the student will be terminated from the program.  (See the refund policy and re-enrollment policies for further action.)  The student will be informed orally by the instructor and in writing.  The North American Lineman Training Center will inform any financial providers in writing before termination of the student’s enrollment.