Justin and Cecil Lester
Justin Lester started as an EDET student in the Learn and Earn program through New River Community and Technical College and Pike Electric. This state initiative allows students to intern and receive paid
work experience and college credit. After his father, Cecil Lester, found himself unemployed from
the utility industry, he enrolled in the accelerated EDET program offered over the summer.
“It’s a good program,” said Cecil Lester. “The instructors are good, and they provide the constructive criticism you needed for learning the industry.”
And the training is paying off. Interim Dean of Workforce Education Joseph Hazelwood reported that, to date, 22 of the EDET students who completed the spring, evening and accelerated cohorts have job offers.