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Epperson Completes Certification


EMPORIA - Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) employee  Andy Epperson has completed the final step in lineman training  school offered by the Virginia, Maryland and Delaware  Association of Electric Cooperatives (VMDAEC).   He starte   work at the Cooperative in November 2004 as a meter  reader/groundman in the Emporia district and entered the  lineman technician apprentice program in January 2009.

The apprenticeship program is for employees of electric  cooperatives and consists of eight steps. Successfu   completion  of all eight steps qualifies the apprentice for  journeyman status. The time allotted to each step of the  program is six months. Initial placement depends on the new employee’s education and experience.  This is a hands-on program, including homework and workshops, and has been approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Division of Continuing & Vocational Education.

Epperson was presented a certificate at the February 14 meeting of the Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative board of directors at the headquarters office in Chase City.  President and CEO John C. Lee, Jr. welcomed Epperson’s father, Ray, who retired in 2006 and worked at MEC for more than 33 years. He surprised Andy by attending the presentation and handing the framed certificate to his son as the directors and key staff looked on.  The senior Epperson began his MEC career as a meter reader/groundman and later entered the apprentice lineman program, received his certification in 1979, and through the years worked his way through the ranks as lineman/serviceman, line foreman, district line superintendent, and manager of district operations. 

Lee stated, “I would like to offer my congratulations to Andy, who is carrying on a family tradition, and is now a first-class lineman here at our cooperative. He is an exceptional employee, and I have no doubt that he’ll do his part to support MEC’s legacy of outstanding linemen and line crew members, a group that includes his father, Ray.”

Lee added, “I would also like to recognize and express my appreciation to the crew members and co-workers who instilled in Andy, from the day he began here, the importance of working safely and efficiently, how to complete tasks the right way, and who emphasized the high priority we place on customer service in our organization. We are proud of Andy’s accomplishment and are certain that he’ll play a major role in taking great care of our members for many years to come.

“Last, but not least, I want to thank Andy’s wife, Angela, and his children Kassy and Colton, whose sacrifices allow him to serve our members whenever the call goes out….thanks for unselfishly sharing him with us, Angela.” Andy Epperson and his family live in the Alberta area.

About Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is the not-for-profit consumer-owned energy provider to over 31,000 homes, farms and businesses located in portions of the counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton, and Sussex. MEC is headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Chase City, Emporia and Gretna.




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