The Virginia, Maryland and Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives is sponsoring a “Powerful Careers” essay contest for school children of electric cooperative members and the 1.3 million readers of Cooperative Living magazine.
Essays are being accepted through September 1 through an online submission form at vmdaec.com/powerfulcareers. No mail-ins will be accepted.
Grades 7-9 should submit essays of 500 to 750 words. Grades 10-12 should submit essays of 800-1,000 words. First prize in each age category is a $100 gift card. Second prize is a $50 gift card. Third prize is a $25 gift card. The first-place entries will be printed in the November-December 2021 issue of Cooperative Living.
Essays should focus on a career opportunity in the energy field. Possibilities include lineworkers, dispatchers, graphic designers, business specialists, IT professionals and CEOs. Submissions should explain what the job is, why it matters and how it relates to the energy business. The 15 member systems of the VMD Association of Electric Cooperatives are a great resource.
“The diversity of job roles is one of the strengths of the electric cooperative network,” said Steven Johnson, editor of Cooperative Living. “Through this contest, we hope students will take a close look at the value of careers in the energy field.”