Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative (LMRE), in partnership with CoBank, a national cooperative bank, is proud to announce a $4,695.55 grant to Lorain County JVS for their Industrial Electricity program. The purpose of the funding is to help the program purchase the necessary equipment and materials that will push its students ahead in the electrical trades.
Bill Kuhn, the Industrial Electricity program instructor at LCVS, sought the grant to continually improve the education and experience his electricity students receive during their time with the career tech school.
“The CoBank grant is a huge win for my program. We’ve been working hard to provide new, cutting-edge industry credentials for my students to earn and take with them out into the field,” Kuhn said. “This grant money will go a long way in purchasing some of the equipment needed to train and award my students those credentials.”
The CoBank Sharing Success matching grant program allows LMRE to demonstrate “Concern for Community,” one of its seven cooperative principles. Through the program and this grant, LMRE can support those in need and help foster the growth of a happy, healthy, and prosperous community education program.
“Our schools are the bedrock of our communities. Not only do they touch the lives of all our kids, but they also have a direct impact on our community and its residents’ quality of life,” said LMRE President/CEO Ed VanHoose. “Moreso, these JVS students are learning skills that we as an electric cooperative highly value. We may even see them working for LMRE or another co-op someday, so it’s important for us to encourage their educations wherever possible.”
LMRE continues to partner with CoBank to assist schools, organizations, and the community with funding wherever possible. In 2023, LMRE was able to award $10,000, with an additional $10,000 in matching funds from CoBank, to worthwhile organizations in its territory.
For more information about LMRE, CoBank, or the Sharing Success program, please visit www.lmre.org
About Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative
Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving the needs of about 16,000 consumers in Ashland, Huron, Lorain, Medina, and Wayne counties in northeast Ohio. They maintain approximately 1,500 miles of underground and overhead lines as well as 15 substations. Founded in 1935, Lorain-Medina Rural Electric has been serving the area for over 80 years and is owned and controlled by the members they serve.