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Tipmont lineman among Twenty-two apprenticeship program graduates

Zebb Pippin
Tipmont Lineman Zebb Pippin

Twenty-two lineworkers graduated Saturday from Indiana Electric Cooperatives’ apprenticeship program, Rural Electric Apprenticeship Program (REAP). Included in that group is Tipmont lineman Zebb Pippin. Pippin has worked for Tipmont since May 2019.

REAP is a four-year program that professionally trains apprentice lineworkers from across Indiana. Graduates complete 612 hours of classroom-related study and 8,000 hours of on-the-job training at their electric cooperative. Cooperative apprentices also complete four additional classes through Ivy Tech Community College. Upon completion of the program, graduates earn an Associate of Applied Science and a journeyman lineman certificate.

“Lineworkers are the backbone of our operations, and their dedication to their communities and the consumers of Indiana’s electric cooperatives is outstanding,” said Jon Elkins, vice president of safety, training and compliance at Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “We are proud to have these hardworking individuals as part of the cooperative family.”

This year’s graduates are:

  • Zachary Albin, Heartland REMC
  • Landon Beaty, ElectriCom
  • Gavin Boyd, ElectriCom
  • Tyler Burns, Carroll White REMC
  • Chris Carnes, ElectriCom
  • Kyle Davis, Heartland REMC
  • Tyler Dekemper, ElectriCom
  • Ryan Elkins, ElectriCom
  • Andrew Eller, NineStar Connect
  • Evan Fischer, ElectriCom
  • John Gerbick, Hendricks Power Cooperative
  • Cain Gilstrap, ElectriCom
  • Tracy McCracken, ElectriCom
  • Adam Neely, Northeastern REMC
  • Neal Nobbe, ElectriCom
  • Spencer O’Day, Heartland REMC
  • Zebb Pippin, Tipmont
  • Justin Pitts, Hendricks Power Cooperative
  • Noah Terrill, Heartland REMC
  • Daylon Ulrich, Steuben County REMC
  • Tyron Watson, Carroll White REMC
  • Michael Witvoet, Jasper County REMC
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Rob Ford

Rob Ford is Tipmont and Wintek's communication director, a role he's held since 2015. Rob has a bachelor's and a master's in Communication from Purdue University. He lives in West Lafayette with his wife and three children and has a life-sized Yoda statue in his office. Away from the office, you’ll find Rob working on his golf swing, jump shot, or hope for a Purdue basketball national title – all futile endeavors.

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