Published Friday, December 07, 2012

CEC curriculum linking high schools, technical colleges to boost careers in utility industry

From Staff Reports

education@newnan.com

Through recent Coweta-Fayette Electric Membership Corporation funding, the Central Educational Center in Newnan will soon begin implementing a new Georgia Energy and Industrial Construction Consortium curriculum that links high schools and technical colleges to better prepare the emerging workforce for career opportunities in utility companies.

According to CEC CEO Mark Whitlock, the GEICC is currently working at the state level to secure final approvals for this new approach to educating students about utility industry careers.

“Our hope is that great utility companies in this region, like Coweta-Fayette EMC, can provide outstanding career opportunities to young people who are better prepared because of the GEICC program,” he said.

CEC, a charter school of the Coweta County School System that blends secondary and post-secondary education and training with business and industry, received the Coweta-Fayette EMC grant through the co-op’s unclaimed capital credits program. Each year, rural cooperatives pass out thousands of dollars in capital credit checks, and some of those checks go unclaimed. Maintaining their unwavering commitment to communities, EMCs across Georgia by state law are allowed to use unclaimed funds in support of community development and educational initiatives that benefit their members and neighbors.

“CEC represents all the wonderful things that can be accomplished when schools and businesses work together as a team,” said Coweta-Fayette EMC CEO Anthony “Tony” Sinclair. “We are always happy to support them in their educational endeavors.”

Coweta-Fayette EMC is a consumer-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to over 74,000 member accounts.

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