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Bring Your 'A' Game To Work

Pioneer Electric Cooperative recently sponsored a work ethic development course called “Bring Your ‘A’ Game to Work” on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 for area teachers at Pioneer’s office and on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 for area business leaders at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College’s Greenville campus.              

After much discussion with local industries, Pioneer Electric Cooperative (PEC) saw a great need for basic skills training such as resume writing, business etiquette and other soft skills needed to prepare area students for the job market and to cultivate a proper workforce. As part or their commitment to local economic development, PEC began sponsoring the “Bring Your ‘A’ Game To Work” program in the Butler and Lowndes County School Systems last year and has recently expanded the program into the Wilcox County School System. 

The program was created by The Center for Work Ethic Development in Denver, Colorado, which specializes in providing research, training and results in the area of work ethic development throughout The United States and abroad. “With today’s career tech programs, especially with dual enrollment, students are coming out of school with adequate credentials to enter the work force,” said Cleve Poole, PEC’s Vice President of Economic Development and Legal Affairs.  Cooperative. “However, now more than ever, industries are expressing the need not only for training in particular skill areas, such as welding or nursing, but also there is a need for punctual, dedicated and professionally-minded workers—that is where this development program helps.”

On Tuesday, Josh Davies, CEO at The Center for Work Ethic Development, trained teachers from Butler, Lowndes and Wilcox counties on how to present the PEC sponsored course to students. Davies also conducted the training at LBW on Wednesday for business leaders representing a variety of area and statewide groups, including: The Economic Development Association of Alabama, The Alabama Department of Youth Services, Honda Lock Manufacturing Company, The Pike County Industrial Development Authority, Lurleen B. Wallace Community College Andalusia, Wilcox Works and more.  

“Our research shows that as society and culture continuously changes, so do the common traits and characteristics being passed down to younger generations,” said Davies. “The good news is that we have recognized the problem and we can provide solutions to help youth from all environments and backgrounds, whether rural, urban, or anywhere in between.” 

For more information about this program and others sponsored by PEC, please contact Casey Rogers at (334) 382-4904 or by email at

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