LWC Energy Technology Career Academy Students Attend National Conference
Posted on Thursday, July 08, 2010 [4:06 PM]
LWC Energy Technology Career Academy Director Heather Spoon, far
left, and he son,
Connor, 6, center, are joined by the ETCA students from Adair and
Russell County high
schools in front of the U.S. Department of the Interior.
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Until last month, Brittany Combs of
Columbia had never visited Washington, D.C.
And although her first trip was a whirlwind visit of the
nation's capital, it's one Combs says she will never forget.
Combs was among 12 students from Adair and Russell County high
schools who attended the National Energy Education Development Project
National Youth Awards, held June 25-28 in Washington, D.C.
The students are members of the Lindsey Wilson College Energy Technology Career
Academy. In May, they received NEED's National High School
Rookie of the Year award, along with several other state awards.
That earned the students a trip to the national conference.
"It definitely sparked more an interest in pursuing an
energy-related career," said Combs, who will be a senior this fall
at Adair County High School. "I just learned so much about
Washington and about energy while there. It was a great experience,
and I was grateful I got to attend it."
Founded in 2008 by Lindsey Wilson, the ETCA enrolls students at
Adair and Russell county high schools. Classes are taught by Spoon
and other Lindsey Wilson faculty. The ETCA is funded through grants
from Siemens Industry Inc., the Appalachian Regional Commission,
Lindsey Wilson, and more than a dozen Adair and Russell county
ETCA Director Heather Spoon said all 12 of the students
experienced similar life-changing experiences at the national
conference. In addition to learning about energy issues and meeting
with students from all over the United States, the ETCA students
also visited Kentucky Congressman Ed Whitfield's office and
toured several of the monuments.
"The students got a better idea about what they want to do with
their lives -- the trip just opened up a lot of possibilities for
them," Spoon said. "The students were amazed at what's available to
them and the careers available to them in energy."
One of those students was Jason Davis of Russell Springs,
Davis, who will be a senior this fall at Russell County High
School, said the trip made him interested in possibly working in
NEED's national office.
"The trip and being a member of the program helped me out a
whole lot," said Davis, who has been a member of the ETCA since his
sophomore year. "It's helped me figure out what I should be when I
get out of high school."
Spoon said the trip would not have been possible without the
generosity of more than a dozen area residents and businesses. In
addition to Lindsey Wilson, several individuals and local
businesses combined to donate more than $7,000 so the students had
few expenses on the trip.
"I could not have asked for a better group of kids to have taken
to Washington, D.C.," Spoon said. "In addition to learning about
what's available in the energy field for them, the trip was an
opportunity for students to see what is outside of Kentucky. They
told me they will never forget this trip. They made lifetime
memories on it."
The students who attended the trip from the ETCA Adair County
High School program were: Jacob Burton, Brittany Combs, J.D.
Coomer, Brandon Joseph, Macgyver Manning, Candace Mullins, Noah
Schwika, Cody S. Taylor and Casey Webb.
The students who attended the trip from the ETCA Russell County
High School program were: Jason Davis, Jose Rodriguez and Matthew