Students get energized with visit to Hancock-Wood

Staff of Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, including President and CEO George Walton, above, gave students from Van Buren Schools a tour of the cooperative's offices in January.
Staff of Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, including President and CEO George Walton, above, gave students from Van Buren Schools a tour of the cooperative’s offices in January.

Nearly 100 eighth-grade students from Van Buren Schools learned the ins-and-outs of the electric co-op world when they toured Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative corporate offices in late January. The staff at Hancock-Wood, including President and CEO George Walton, were excited to share the technology that has kept members’ lights on for more than 75 years in northwest Ohio.

“Giving these students an inside look at our member services along with IT, communications, engineering and operations functions provides them with a better understanding of how an electric utility works,” Walton said. “We emphasize how important their schooling is and what life benefits they could achieve by furthering their education – they might just become our employees one day.”

Students toured the offices and warehouses and even visited the “War Room,” where operations personnel are dispatched when an outage is reported.