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M-State’s Electrical Lineworker Program

The Minnesota State Community and Technical College system (M State) is very proud of its Electrical Lineworker training facility in the northern Minnesota community of Baudette/Lake of the Woods.  In 2010, due to increasing market demand and with incredible industry support, M State was able to develop an outstanding 30-acre training center with a 7,200-square-foot lab in the midst of an outdoor paradise.

Students in Baudette have the same hands-on training as students in the lineworker program in Wadena while enjoying Lake of the Woods, one of the greatest fisheries in North America and the proclaimed Walleye Capital of the World.  In addition to fishing, the area is also known for excellent hunting, snowmobiling, canoeing, and outdoor recreation in a booming tourism industry.  Students looking for an area with breathtaking sunsets, world class fishing, scenic beauty, numerous outdoor activities, and the best neighbors around, should look no further than Lake of the Woods.

Program outcomes
1. Install electrical structures.
2. Interpret trade specifications and drawings.
3. Install single and multiphase overhead and underground distribution systems.
4. Demonstrate competent climbing abilities.
5. Demonstrate aerial rescue procedures.
6. Install fusing, lightning protection devices, transformers and related electrical equipment.
7. Interpret and apply the National Electric Safety Code.
8. Demonstrate professionalism and related soft skills.
9. Demonstrate professional safety practices.

Upon completion of this training successful graduates usually secure employment with rural electric and municipal utilities, or private contractors.

Opportunities for advancement into supervisory and management positions within these companies is a possibility, but will require a consistently high job performance along with solid leadership skills by individuals. This program is well-known nationwide and graduates are highly sought after by the industry.

Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. More information can be found at

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Lake of the Woods School

Located in Baudette, MN and committed to education excellence, Lake of the Woods School offers K – 12 education with an excellent student-teacher ratio, quality instruction, matched with technology advances, and you have a school that offers opportunity to learn practical work skills in a modern facility.

Lake of the Woods School was named a “Best High School” Bronze Award Winner in 2015 and a “Best High School” Silver award winner in 2012 by US News & World Report.

The mission of the Lake of the Woods School District is to create opportunities through caring partnerships for students to think creatively to solve problems and be enabled to succeed in their own particular learning styles.

For more information on Lake of the Woods School, visit their website by clicking here.