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Empowering Youth Through Education

Nolin RECC has always been driven by the desire to make life better for the people we serve. In addition to our mission of providing safe, reliable, affordable power to our members, we are also dedicated to the overall well-being of our communities. We partner within our communities to help them develop into thriving places our members are proud to call home.

Line Technicians Anthony Huff and Josh Sanders use a safety trailer to demonstrate the potential dangers of electricity to school and community groups. Photo: Sarah Fellows

Investing in our local schools is one way we contribute to the quality of life in our communities. From preschools to high schools and beyond, we are working to empower youth through education. When schools resume in the next few weeks, Nolin will once again head back to the classroom along with students. Here are a few of the educational programs we’re involved in this school year:

  • Safety demonstrations—Nolin RECC provides age-appropriate programming that teaches students to use electricity safely. Cooperative employees present programs to teach children how to play it safe around electric power lines and at home. For older students, we conduct high-voltage using a trailer equipped with real power lines and utility equipment.

  • Scholarships—As a demonstration of our commitment to higher learning, Nolin RECC awards scholarships each year to graduating high school students and adult learners. This year, we helped students from six area high schools pursue their dream of a college education. We also awarded a continuing education scholarship to a local high school teacher.

  • Youth Tour—Every June, Nolin RECC sponsors five local high school juniors to join high school students from across the country for the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour in Washington D.C. The students spend a week in our nation’s capital learning about America, developing leadership skills, and gaining a better understanding of electric cooperatives. In addition, our Youth Tour representatives go on a one-day trip to Frankfort to tour various state government offices and meet with elected officials. The selection process begins in December, so watch this newsletter for more details.

Contributing to the betterment of the leaders of tomorrow is just one way Nolin RECC shows commitment to its members. We are proud to serve ambitious young people and those who educate them. We strive to help build a strong foundation in our communities, perhaps where our children may one day choose to raise their own families.

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