About the Program

Licensed through the Oregon Department of Education, the Vocational Outside Line Training Academy (VOLTA) is a private, non-profit vocational training school: preparing students for entry-level work as a line worker in the outside line industry. 

If you are interested in pursuing a high-paying, skilled trade, VOLTA can help you achieve your goals. Our program focuses on skills for both the entry-level lineworker and the experienced tradesman looking to make a career change. You will be taught by Journey-level instructors who are currently active in the industry.

You will learn skills ranging from fundamental knowledge of electrical systems to equipment and safety protocols. Your accumulated knowledge will prepare you to enter the field as an entry-level lineworker. We ensure that the skills we teach are in line with the current industry demand so employers will know you have the skills they want in a new hire.

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Program Features

VOLTA offers students multiple opportunities to pursue positions in the outside electrical industry. This includes such skilled and semi-skilled positions as:

  • Apprentice Lineman
  • Apprentice Tree Trimmer
  • Equipment Operators for Digger/Derricks, Cranes, Backhoes
  • Line & Tree crew helpers

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How to Apply

To get started, create an online account and complete the VOLTA application. Then be sure to view the application checklist on the VOLTA Resources page. Enrollment fee and sealed transcripts will only be accepted during open enrollment periods and must be postmarked no later than the last day of the period to be considered. Once the class is full, the remaining students will be placed on a waitlist as alternates. Be sure to check out the enrollment periods to find out which session will be your best fit.

Enrollment Period For Each Session

Applications received prior to open enrollment will be returned.

  • Fall 2024 Enrollment - Dates will be updated July 2024
  • Spring 2024 Enrollment - Online application is NOW available. Accepting mailed application fees and sealed transcripts on 02/05/24.
  • Summer 2024 Enrollment - Accepting enrollment April 15th

Admission requirements

  • Pay $150 Application Fee (Cash will NOT be accepted, you must submit your payment using a money order or a check)
  • Pay $8500 tuition cost, which includes the $150 enrollment fee. (Does not include tools or lodging)
  • Provide a copy Drivers License (proof of age 18 or older)
  • Show proof of personal medical insurance
  • Submit a High School Transcript or GED certificate

VOLTA currently holds three sessions per year, starting each spring, summer, and fall. Once a class is full, alternates are placed on a waiting list (20 max). Should someone not be able to fulfill their obligation, the next eligible applicant will be contacted. Applicants will be notified by email upon their acceptance.

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Important Links


What is the WOMEN'S ALL EXPENSES PAID scholarship opportunity sponsored by NECA?

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) has created a scholarship to help increase opportunities for women in the outside electrical industry. This is an annual, ALL EXPENSE PAID, scholarship for VOLTA. Any interested applicants must submit a 500-word essay. The prompt can be located on the VOLTA resources page, please refer to the document titled, “VOLTA Women’s Scholarship,” for more information.

Check with the JATC office after February 2024 for upcoming acceptance dates.

Where is VOLTA located?

VOLTA currently has two locations. One is at the Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, located in Warrenton, Oregon (WEST). The second is at the Parker Technical Education Center, North Idaho College, located in Rathdrum, Idaho (EAST).

How long is VOLTA?

VOLTA is a 400-hour program broken down into 10 weeks. Classes run Monday through Thursday for ten (10) hours each day. Class schedules may vary due to holidays and Professional Development days for our staff and faculty.

How many sessions are offered a year?

VOLTA offers three sessions per calendar year: Spring Session starting in April, Summer Session starting in July, and Fall Session starting in October.

How many students are accepted into the program?

VOLTA currently accepts 32 student per session. Students not selected in the first round will be waitlisted.

What is the current cost of VOLTA?

The current cost is $8,500 which includes the $150 enrollment fee. Student are responsible for their tools, lodging, and meals.

Is there financial aid available?

While VOLTA is a State-approved private, non-profit vocational training school, we do not currently accept Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). However, we do accept various grants, private loans, and external scholarships.

How do I find loans/scholarships?

Students can find scholarships in various ways. High school and community college career centers tend to have a database of various grants and scholarship opportunities from national and local organizations like Kiwanis, Women in Trades, and various utility companies. Two great sources that provide funds for electrical training are the Roger Earl Meier Scholarship and the Mike Rowe WORKS Foundation Work Ethic Scholarship. You can also utilize online search engines like Fastweb: designed specifically as a scholarship matching service.

How can I apply to VOLTA?

Application acceptance dates are posted on the calendar and will not be accepted prior to the posted application date. VOLTA applications (with instructions) are posted on the Resource page.

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