CONTACT: Ronald O. White
V.P., Member & Public Relations
(434) 645- 3211
Pictured (L- R): SEC President & 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 & Public Relations Ron White.
CREWE, Va – Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) recently donated a line truck to the Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) Power Line Worker Training School.
SEC President & 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. 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,” Robertson remarked.
Edwards explained, “At SEC, we value our partnership with SVCC through the Power Line Worker Training School program. 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. With this knowledge, they will be more valuable employees in the utility industry,” Edwards added.
For more information on SVCC’s Power Line Worker Training School, please visit www.southside.edu.
Southside Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperative that serves over 55,000 homes and businesses in portions of 18 counties in central and southern Virginia. Headquartered in Crewe, SEC has district offices in Altavista, Crewe, Dinwiddie and Powhatan.