Sometimes, opportunity sprouts in unexpected places.
That was the case for three 20-somethings who found not only a place to earn a paycheck, but budding careers with more benefits and chances to grow than they ever imagined.
Better yet, they are building their careers where they grew up. Yes, making a difference close to home.
On the following pages, you will meet Grace, Bernie and Julia. Their journeys represent a snapshot of the next generation of professionals moving into the workplace of public power utilities and co-ops in communities throughout the Northwest and West. Their energy, fresh eyes and skills are filling the gap as a growing number of utility workers enter retirement.
The young trio found a home at Mohave Electric Cooperative in Bullhead City, Arizona—
a community along the Colorado River. They found a place “where everyone helps each other out” and is quick to share what they know.
This storytelling is part of our aim to spotlight the next generation of community builders and difference-makers.
Our main feature this month also puts attention on young people and their futures, focusing on ChickTech—a nonprofit organization that empowers girls and women to pursue careers in technology by creating special connections and communities of encouragement.
A ChickTech success story, in Bend, Oregon, says the program gave her the needed confidence to do something that fit her.
Moving away from the workplace, let’s talk tacos. Check out our In the Kitchen pages to discover how to enjoy a Pressure-Cooker Taco Fiesta. Happy munching!