SEC leaders speak to chamber members

Published 3:38 pm Thursday, March 16, 2017

Leaders with Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) recently spoke to members of the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Jacob McCann, community relations coordinator for (SEC) presented an enjoyable and informational lecture to a packed crowd of over 70 attendees at the Farmville Area Chamber of Commerce’s monthly lunch at Charleys Waterfront Café,” chamber officials said in a press release.

“Existing since 1937 and serving over 46,000 members, SEC services stretch roughly from Bedford to Petersburg. McCann dove into the tangibles of power line safety, energy efficiency, methods to save money on electric bills, community involvement and a new program hosted at the Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) — the Power Line Worker Training School. The first-of-its-kind (program) in the area, this is a partnership between Virginia Cooperatives and SVCC. The 11-week program is designed for potential powerline workers. To date, three classes have graduated and every student has obtained a lineman job almost immediately.”

According to the release, SEC is also offering educational scholarships.

“Scholarships are available to high school seniors who will enter their first semester at a college or technical/trade school in the fall of 2017,” chamber officials said. “All awarded funds must be used towards tuition, student fees, lodging/meals or textbooks. Students may apply by submitting completed applications via email at, or by mail (postmarked by Friday, March 31).”

For more information on the scholarship, call 1-800-552-2118.