Jackson Purchase offers job shadowing for area students

December 17, 2018

How does Jackson Purchase Energy deliver safe, reliable and affordable electricity?

Who are the electric cooperative workers of tomorrow?

How can young people learn more about what it’s like to work for an electric cooperative?

Middle and high school students are learning the answers to those questions by job shadowing at Jackson Purchase Energy.

Two local students got a firsthand look recently during Jackson Purchase Energy’s Job Shadow Day. Jace Story, an eighth-grader at North Marshall Middle School, and Greyson Grissom, a sophomore at Trigg County High School, spent the day trying on safety gear, riding with crews as they checked lines, and getting an overall sense of the professional standards, unique skills, personal commitment and safety priorities of line technicians.

The students learned that a lineworker’s day begins in the early morning with a meeting about the day’s responsibilities. This could include replacing poles, repairing lines or taking part in safety training.

“As part of JPEC’s commitment to community we always want to provide opportunities for our youth, said Greg Grissom, President and CEO of Jackson Purchase Energy. “A great example was the opportunity for these two young men to job shadow with one of our line crews. I think they learned a lot during the visit. Who knows? Someday they may be lineworkers for us.”

Know a middle or high school student who would like to learn about career opportunities in the energy industry? Contact Ashley Turner at Ashley.Turner@jpenergy.com for details about Jackson Purchase Energy’s Job Shadow program.

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