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MEC Technician Makes Presentation to High School Physics Classes




Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative (MEC) Telecommunications Technician Jay Belknap met with students in Mr. Steven Dennis’ physics classes at Park View High School and instructed them on AC and DC electrical theory, how it pertains to the electric power industry, as well as how the transmission and distribution grid works.  Belknap emphasized the importance of safety around electricity explaining the resistance breakdown of skin to high voltage levels, lethal current levels, and what to do if you see someone shocked by electricity.


Belknap comments, “It was a pleasure to address the two classes and assist in the education of our future leaders.  The students showed a lot of interest. They are a very sharp group, and they asked some very pertinent questions.  I think they especially enjoyed the hands-on demonstrations we shared.”


Priscilla Lawson, MEC communications specialist who accompanied Belknap during the school visit, adds, “Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative operates on Seven Cooperative Principles, the fifth one being ‘Education, Training and Information.’ In conjunction with this principle, MEC staff members volunteer their time to share with the general public and, most excitedly, our young people on a variety of subjects, including the nature of cooperative membership and how  MEC brings benefit to our communities."

Other specific areas where Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative has provided learning opportunities for young people throughout its service territory include “I Want to Learn Day” for elementary students, the Get Charged! study of electricity for middle school pupils, educational scholarships for graduating high school seniors, and safety demonstrations for all ages.

Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative is the not-for-profit consumer-owned energy provider to over 31,000 homes, farms, schools and businesses located in portions of the Virginia counties of Brunswick, Charlotte, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Pittsylvania, Southampton and Sussex as well as North Carolina counties of Granville, Person, Northampton, Vance and Warren. It is headquartered in Chase City with district offices in Chase City, Emporia and Gretna.



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