SEC do­nates truck to power line worker school

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CREWE — South­side Electric Co­op­er­a­tive re­cently do­nated a line truck to the South­side Vir­ginia Com­mu­nity Col­lege Power Line Worker Train­ing School.

SEC Pres­i­dent and CEO Jeff Ed­wards, Vice Pres­i­dent of Op­er­a­tions Brad Furr and Vice Pres­i­dent of Mem­ber and Pub­lic Re­la­tions Ron White pre­sented the truck to the school’s lead in­struc­tor, Clyde Robert­son.

The truck it­self, unit 71, has spent time at Fort Pick­ett, where the Power Line Worker Train­ing School cam­pus is lo­cated. Fort Pick­ett is served by SEC, and the truck was used for re­con­di­tion­ing the power lines on site. “I would like to thank SEC for its gen­er­ous gift to the pro­gram,” said Robert­son.

“We needed this equip­ment so that we could ex­pose stu­dents to as much ‘ev­ery­day’ line work as pos­si­ble. To­gether we are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of th­ese young peo­ple.”

“At SEC, we value our part­ner­ship with SVCC through the Power Line Worker Train­ing School pro­gram,” said Ed­wards. “We were pre­par­ing to re­tire a line truck in our fleet when we re­al­ized the cur­rent class did not have ac­cess to one. We rec­og­nized that the value of the truck would be greatly en­hanced as a do­na­tion to the pro­gram. The truck is fully op­er­a­tional and ready for the school to use for many years.” The first of its kind in Vir­ginia, the school was founded in 2016 by a pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ship be­tween Vir­ginia’s electric co-ops, South­side Vir­ginia Com­mu­nity Col­lege, Vir­ginia Com­mu­nity Col­lege Sys­tem, Vir­ginia Foun­da­tion for Com­mu­nity Col­lege Ed­u­ca­tion, Ru­ral Vir­ginia Horse­shoe Ini­tia­tive and the Com­mon­wealth of Vir­ginia.

“We are happy to con­trib­ute to help­ing stu­dents learn how to op­er­ate th­ese ve­hi­cles,” said Ed­wards. “With this knowl­edge, they will be more valu­able em­ploy­ees in the util­ity in­dus­try.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on SVCC’s Power Line Worker Train­ing School, go to www.south­side.edu.

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From left to right, SEC Pres­i­dent and CEO Jeff Ed­wards, SEC Vice Pres­i­dent of Op­er­a­tions Brad Furr, SVCC Power Line Worker Train­ing School Lead In­struc­tor Clyde Robert­son, and SEC Vice Pres­i­dent of Mem­ber and Pub­lic Re­la­tions Ron White stand with SEC’s do­nated truck.

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