Warner Meets at BARC Electric on Broadband

Meeting with community and electric cooperative leaders April 7 in Lexington, Va., Sen. Mark Warner spoke forcefully about the need for greater access to high-speed internet service in rural America. “We’ve got to make sure that we actually get broadband expansion at...

Powerful Careers: Kenny McMichael

Like many high school students overwhelmed by the options from which to choose, Kenny McMichael was undecided on which career path to take. Like the flip of a switch, that all changed during a four-hour presentation during a school field trip to Community Electric...

Johnstone Retires as CEO of Co-op Association

Richard G. Johnstone Jr. concluded his 36-year career with the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives on March 31. His employment was marked by the longest tenure as member magazine editor (1985-2005) and general manager/CEO (1999-2021)...

Top 10 Reasons to Consider a Co-op Career

There are many ways to earn a paycheck, but some are more rewarding than others. Here are 10 reasons to consider joining the electric cooperative family. 10. Tech-focused: Rapid advances in renewable generation, energy storage and smart grid technologies are changing...

Co-op Careers Offer Paycheck and a Purpose

Every day in this country, more than 75,000 men and women go to work at America’s electric cooperatives to keep the lights on for 42 million energy consumers in 48 states. It’s challenging work, but in addition to a paycheck, co-op employees go home each night knowing...

Four Reasons Co-op Careers are Unique

Those aren’t just words or wishes. Working toward a greater purpose is at the heart of the co-op business model. Electric co-ops are community-focused organizations that deliver safe, reliable and affordable energy to the consumer-members they serve. This is an...

Powerful Careers: Mitch DeJarnette

Mitch DeJarnette remembers as a boy riding along with his dad, who worked as a contractor clearing rights-of-way for electric cooperatives along the East Coast. That impressed the young man enough to pursue his own career in line work — most importantly, at a...

Powerful Careers: Justice Powell

While serving in mass communications with the U.S. Navy, Justice Powell saw a need for graphic design. She decided to fulfill that need and navigated herself through basic training of the Adobe design software. That self-motivation and drive landed her a role as a...

Powerful Careers: Sheila Switzer

You never know where a Powerful Career might take you. Or for how long. After graduating from Craig County High School in New Castle, Va., Sheila Switzer started working at a furniture company when an acquaintance told her that she might be a good fit for an opening...

Powerful Careers: Virginia Clifton

In just three years, Virginia Clifton went from receiving calls from members reporting power outages to overseeing the inventory and purchasing of materials needed to restore power. Her children often remind the Craig-Botetourt Electric Cooperative purchasing manager...