Some say it's like going to college. But for six Central Alabama Electric Cooperative (CAEC) Trustees, certification courses gave them the opportunity to gain more knowledge about the rural electric industry. Whatever the case may be, today's rural electric cooperative board member must gain broad competencies to succeed in a new and changing energy business environment.
CAEC Board Chairman Chase Riddle of Prattville, Vice Chairman Jimmie Harrison, Jr., of Maplesville, Patsy Holmes of Wetumpka, Charles McEwen of Rockford and C. Milton Johnson of Statesville recently received their board leadership certificates from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). They join Secretary/Treasurer Ruby Neeley of Jemison, who received her second level of certification last year.
The leadership certificate is earned by completing 10 hours of required courses and successfully completing a learning assessment for each. It is the second level of certification that follows NRECA's Credentialed Cooperative Director (CCD) recognition. All CAEC board members completed the CCD level in 2001.
"The business climate is changing. The industry restructuring and competition push of the nineties to the technological advancements of today create the need for our trustees to obtain knowledge and competencies not previously required," said Tom Stackhouse, CAEC President/CEO. "Our board's completion of these certificates is a testament to their commitment to members of CAEC."