Letter to the Editor
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To the editor:
Is a co-op lineworker career in your future?
Those of us who work for electric cooperatives pride ourselves on powering lives and empowering communities, but we tend to shy away from boasting about the great career opportunities that co-ops provide.
For decades, Southwest Iowa Rural Electric Cooperative with offices in Corning, Mount Ayr and Stanton, has offered professional opportunities and solid benefits in an innovative and exciting industry. For young people who are looking for options outside of the traditional college path, electrical linework is a great alternative that offers great pay, fulfilling work and career advancement, High in demand, lineworkers must have technical knowledge of electricity and power equipment and possess the physical endurance to climb poles and handle heavy gear in adverse weather conditions. If you’re interested in a lineworking career, we invite you to contact our office and visit with our co-op linemen to learn more.
In fact, Southwest Iowa REC officers two $1,000 lineworker scholarships annually for students who would like to pursue lineworker certification. Contact us for additional details on scholarship opportunities.
Personally, the most fulfilling part of my job is seeing how the co-op directly improves the quality of life for the families and businesses we serve. Because Southwest Iowa REC is locally owned and governed, we’re committed to making a difference in the community. As you think about your future plans, we hope you consider a cooperative career!
Phil Kinser, CEO
Southwest Iowa REC