The Benchmark Standard of Training

NLC Idaho Elects Student Body Officers


Christopher Thomas – Class President

Christopher Thomas is a California native. Although he lived in Chico for 10 years, he spent much of his life moving from place to place. Chris had been a U.S. Marine for four years, serving twenty eight of those months in a war zone.  He was wounded twice in combat and is used to making decisions quite literally “under fire.”  He went on to work in the government’s non-profit sector, the California Conservation Corps for three years. Christopher was heading home after finishing a volunteer trip to Brazil when he unknowingly met NLC’s President of Campus Operations, Mike Hennesey, on a connecting flight out of Texas.   Christopher was ready to pursue a “real world” job and after a chat with Mike, his decision had been made.  

When asked about his general impression of the program after his first week, his response was, “YES!  Finally a challenge!”  Now, in week four of the program, Northwest Lineman College has met every one of his expectations and it is apparent Christopher really does love a good challenge, because being a student of the program wasn’t good enough.  He has been a Marine, played sports and done volunteer work in foreign countries, but more importantly Christopher is keenly aware when you are forced to overcome challenges, you get more out of life. So when the opportunity to run for Class President came up, he was all in and is willing to go above and beyond his own expectations to get the job done. 

After graduation, Christopher would like to work for a major utility company, settle down and start a family.  And even though he knows how quickly the best laid plans change, he has set his mind to, “roll with anything that comes my way.”   Congratulations, Christopher!


Michael Eide – Class Vice President

Logandale, Nevada native Michael Eide has had several role models who emanate his own core values; hard work, service and family.  Michael’s mother raised five children while holding down a full time job as a 1st grade teacher, his grandfather despite having little means, made his farm a success and his scout leader gave hours of selfless service working with fellow youth as if they were his own.  He considers them to be the “best of the best” which is also what he considers lineman to be and what students should become.  After serving on an LDS mission, attending junior college and acquiring his Associates Degree, Michael enrolled in the Electrical Lineworker Program.   Before enrolling, Michael was able to work as a temporary employee for Overton Power District # 5 in Logandale, where his cousin is currently an apprentice.   He really liked the work and with a little encouragement from his manager he started researching line schools.   He didn’t have to search too far to find Northwest Lineman College at his manager’s recommendation.

Michael wanted to confirm his decision and took part in an instructor-led tour.   After spending a few hours with Training Specialist Charlie Sobolewski, his mind was made up.  His first week as an ELP student only reinforced his decision, “…my instructors [are] top notch. Both they and the school were organized from the first day.” Now as he rounds out week four, the instructors and curriculum have exceeded his expectations. “It is obvious the instructors are at the school to help each student succeed,” which is one of the reasons he decided to run for office. 

Michael knew the role of Student Body Vice President would look great on a resume, but he wants to be part of something bigger.   He wants to be involved assisting fellow students with their own successes and that of the college; he wants to be part of the legacy.  

After graduation, Michael hopes to become a valued asset for either a utility or contractor.  His goal is to eventually become a manager where he can have more of a direct impact on the success of the organization and its employees.


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