OREMC Makes Donation to Coastal Pines Electrical Lineworker Program
February 4, 2019 11:32 AM
WAYCROSS, Ga., Feb 4, 2019 — Okefenoke REMC recently donated $2,500 and a bucket truck to Coastal Pines Technical College’s Electrical Lineworker program. The funds, as well as the vehicle, are intended to help provide students the necessary tools to support their training and successful completion of the program.
“Education in the community is one of our cooperative core principles,” notes Travis Page, manager, OREMC Distribution Services, “so this donation not only helps the students, but us as well. By investing in our students who live and work in the communities we serve, helps develop and promote our future work force.”
“Our partnerships with local businesses like Okefenoke REMC is an essential part of our core mission.”, states Dr. Glenn Deibert, President of Coastal Pines Technical College, “We know it is important to provide hands-on training to our students using the same equipment used by local employers and sometimes this can only be accomplished when our industry partners donate specialized equipment like this bucket truck. I also want to thank Okefenoke REMC for their monetary donation to the Electrical Lineman program, it will help us to provide the training needed for our students to graduate and start a new and exciting career.”
Page explains the bucket truck was being retired from the OREMC fleet, but still has a useful life. Rather than selling the vehicle at auction, it was determined the truck would be an enhancement to Coastal Pine’s Electrical Lineworker training program. Combined with the monetary donation from OREMC—made possible by unclaimed capital credits—the college will be able to assist students in purchasing necessary equipment and books required to complete their certification.
“We work hand-in-hand with the program instructors as training continues to evolve based on industry safety and best practices,” Page says. “They know what we need from their graduates, and we know what they need to ensure the students master the necessary skills.” Page, along with OREMC General Foremen Chris Crews, Mike Boatright and Randy Thomas, sit on the college’s Electrical Lineworker Advisory Board.
About Okefenoke REMC
Okefenoke Rural Electric Membership Corporation is an electric cooperative powering the lives of nearly 37,000 residential consumer-member, commercial and industrial accounts in southeast Georgia and northeast Florida. OREMC’s service area includes Brantley, Camden, Charlton, Glynn, Ware and Wayne counties in Georgia, as well as Baker and Nassau counties in Florida. Our mission is to provide affordable, reliable and safe energy, while leveraging our resources to promote and improve the quality of life in the communities we serve.
About Coastal Pines Technical College
Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) has a thirteen-county service delivery area (SDA) covering 7,433 square miles along Southeast Georgia and the Georgia Coast. CPTC provides over 140 programs, seven instructional sites, nineteen adult education sites, and dual enrollment opportunities with sixteen high schools. For more information on what Coastal Pines Technical College can do for you, visit www.coastalpines.edu.
Pictured: Students enrolled in Coastal Pines Technical College’s Electrical Lineworker program stand on and beside the bucket truck donated to the program by Okefenoke REMC. OREMC also provided a $2,500 donation to support students’ training needs. Pictured are (l-r): John Kennedy, lead instructor, CPTC; Larry Paulk, board chair, CPTC Foundation; Wayne Combs, board president, OREMC; Steve Rawl Sr., board first vice president, OREMC; Dr. Glenn Deibert, president, CPTC; Craig Morgan, board director, OREMC; Clyde Mizell, board director, OREMC; Jimmy Woodard, board director, OREMC; (behind) Chris Crews, general foreman, OREMC; and Travis Page, manager, OREMC Distribution Services.