Electric Coop group conducts Girl Power Camp

Gena Boarman demonstrates a lifesaving climbing maneuver on a utility pole for participants in the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives’ first Girl Power Camp.

Eleven high school women experienced what it’s like to be an electric utility line worker at the first Girl Power Camp, sponsored by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC). 

 Held September 22 at the Electric Cooperative Training Center in Fluvanna County, participants came from as far away as Winchester and the Northern Neck for an immersive exposure to the job of a line worker. Marlen Chavez of Westmoreland County and Lexie Terpening of Essex County participated in the program. 

 They gained experience in climbing poles, stringing wire, operating a bucket truck and using a hot stick on a de-energized circuit.  

 They also heard from half a dozen women about the cooperative business model and career opportunities in….

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