Celebrating careers in the energy field in 2022

Lineworkers, sure — that’s a given — but the diversity of employees at electric cooperatives goes way beyond them.

Engineers. Financial analysts. Graphic designers. Meeting coordinators. GIS mappers. Customer service representatives. Purchasing specialists. IT professionals. Broadband marketers. Dispatchers. Videographers. And more.

Think of them as #Powerful Careers.

During 2022, the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives will spotlight careers in energy to attract prospective employees entering the workforce, professionals looking for a career change or workers who have been affected by pandemic-related budget cuts.

With our 15 member cooperatives in the three-state area, we will highlight employees with nontraditional backgrounds in the pages of Cooperative Living, online at vmdaec.com and co-opliving.com, and through our social media channels. We’ll be at job fairs, co-op annual meetings and community meetings.

It’s a rich field to draw from, with nearly 1,800 cooperative employees in our member cooperative systems.

We’ll be using the hashtag #PowerfulCareers, and we invite you to read, like, follow and share our information with the next generation of co-op employees.

Our co-op employees have great stories to tell. By sharing them with hundreds of thousands of readers, we hope to interest them in a co-op career, and the stability, security and fulfillment those jobs bring.

Powerful Careers: Clyde Robertson

As lead instructor for Southside Virginia Community College’s Power Line Worker Program, he has helped guide more than 375 students on the path to successful “powerful careers.” The SVCC Power Line Worker Program was the first of its kind in Virginia. The program was founded as a partnership between Southside Virginia Community College and electric cooperatives. The program welcomed the first class, in March of 2016, to the SVCC Occupational/Technical Center at Pickett Park in Blackstone....

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