AEC provides local high school scholarship funds

Jennifer Williams, government relations liaison with Anza Electric Cooperative, and Kevin Short, AEC general manager, present Jeff Franks, principal of Hamilton High School, and Amy Allen, college and career counselor, with a scholarship for high school students seeking technical education after graduation. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo

ANZA – Anza Electric Cooperative Inc. has provided local high school students seeking post-secondary technical education a helping hand in the form of scholarship money.

The Hemet Unified School District sponsors a Career Technical Education event in March at Hamilton High School in Anza. The event, founded by Amy L. Allen, college and career counselor at Hamilton, will be held Tuesday, March 24, and will feature information for students considering technical careers as well as a mock interview contest.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to host this event for the second year in a row. I hope that we can continue to grow this event so that we can support more students that want to continue to receive training in their chosen career paths. Hamilton High School is grateful to Anza Electric and their employees for providing this opportunity for three career focused students,” Allen said.

While college may be the next educational step for many students, not all students have that path in mind. There are several rewarding and challenging careers that require technical education or trade school, and the CTE program is geared toward those students.

“What a great opportunity for our students in our CTE programs to receive support like this from our community” Jeff Franks, principal at Hamilton, said. “As we look to expand our educational programs and career opportunities for our students, we just want to say thank you to Anza Electric and all their employees for their continued support.”

“One of the most important cooperative principles that we operate under is ‘education, training and information’ for our members,” AEC general manager Kevin Short said. “Our board of directors initially approved funding for one program scholarship. After that, our employees got together and donated funds for an additional two scholarships. We are all very excited to support such a wonderful opportunity.”

Founded in 1951, Anza Electric Cooperative Inc. provides electric and internet service for its Members in the Anza, Aguanga and Mountain Center/Pinyon communities.

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