Telling Our Stories in 6 Words: Robert Hall
As Robert Hall sees it, Jackson EMC is a partner in his education. As a senior engineer, Robert is pursuing a master’s degree that’s not typical for his career field – business administration.
Robert started his career at Jackson EMC in 2017 after 14 years in the utility industry – which included many different regional moves during his career with a previous employer. Jackson EMC is his first experience working at a cooperative.
“My first year at Jackson EMC was centered on finding my footing,” he said.
In addition to help from his new cooperative family, Robert is also getting support from Jackson EMC’s employee educational assistance program. The program provides tuition and textbook reimbursement for eligible employees pursing an educational degree.
By pursing his MBA through Brenau University, Robert said he’s taking steps to enhance his career development and leadership goals. His six-word story was, “Becoming a Better Engineer with Jackson EMC.”
“Really, it’s not just being a better engineer,” said Robert, who earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Southern Polytechnic State University. “It’s about being a better partner to my co-workers, our members and my family.”
The father of three started taking some classes in his MBA program before joining Jackson EMC. But once he joined the cooperative and learned about the employee educational assistance program, he decided to expedite his degree completion plans – while still balancing work and family life. Robert plans to graduate in 2020.
Robert said his job at Jackson EMC has been the best of his career. The grid automation project and working on the construction work plan has been some of the coolest work while at the cooperative.
“Everyone here is member-focused and wants to help,” he said.
Robert said he’s thankful for the career growth opportunities Jackson EMC has offered him, including engineering training courses.