Perspective: Along the Journey
At Jackson EMC, we’re interested in serving our community and helping young people develop the skills and knowledge they’ll need in their future careers. We're long-time supporters of programs that serve students throughout their educational journey. And, one of the ways we support students in our community is by offering an internship program.
We currently have 17 interns across our cooperative. They’re serving in many departments throughout our offices in a variety of roles. Interns at Jackson EMC can serve in our engineering, information technology, accounting, communication, residential marketing and fleet management departments, and our local offices. We value giving our student interns – whether they’re in high school or college – real-world experience while on the job. Our goal is to help students learn the skills they’ll need in their future careers and help give them a sense of direction to be successful in those careers.
For one of our interns, Alyssa Meeks, her role at Jackson EMC is giving her reassurance about her choice to be a public accountant. She’s double majoring in accounting and Spanish at the University of Georgia. Alyssa has been helping our accounting team with its budgeting process for next year.
One of our recent student interns, Zac Saine, graduated from Jackson County Comprehensive High School in May after completing a year-long internship. He’s now studying at Emmanuel College and plans to work as an attorney. Before graduating high school, Zac shared the lessons he learned about contributing to teamwork. Zac and Alyssa are only two of the many impressive young adults we’ve had the opportunity to watch work, learn and grow during their time at Jackson EMC.
Our cooperative has many opportunities to serve young people in our community. I’ve seen the excitement from elementary school students when they talk about our linemen visiting their school. As you’ll read in this issue of JEMCO News, many middle school students will benefit from innovative projects in their classrooms thanks to their teachers earning Bright Ideas grants. At the high school level, we select four students each year to serve as delegates for Jackson EMC on the Washington Youth Tour, a weeklong leadership opportunity in Washington, D.C.
As your cooperative, we care about supporting our community, including younger members of our community. We know the importance of providing students with opportunities to grow and develop. We’ve also long embraced our role in guiding young people along their journey.
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