Electric cooperatives make substantial investments in the communities we serve, from the power plants that send power across the grid to your local co-op to the poles, wires, transformers, and meters that generally blend into the local landscape. These are all expensive and long-lived physical assets necessary to make your lights come on day in and day out.
But our most important investments — and our greatest assets — are the people who work for our electric co-ops. People are what make the whole thing go. Management at every electric cooperative seeks to recruit, employ, and develop people with the necessary attitude and skills to serve your needs: engineers, accountants, member service representatives, and, of course, lineworkers.
Lineworkers have long stood as the human symbols of electric service, representing the strength, skill, and determination needed to build and maintain the electric lines that keep us connected, through whatever conditions Mother Nature sends our way.
Ohio’s electric cooperatives have invested in our own lineworker training and apprenticeship program to ensure the people keeping your lights on get the best training possible to safely and efficiently work through the challenging conditions they are faced with every day. You can learn more about the path to becoming a lineworker, the training it takes, and the essential role they play, as we celebrate lineworkers this month.
I also want to thank and recognize the hundreds of other cooperative employees who help make our organizations run — keeping your electricity service safe, reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible. The essential service provided by cooperative employees throughout Ohio and across the country sometimes goes unnoticed, but it is always appreciated.