Veterans Day 2022 - South Central Power

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Veterans Day 2022

November 4, 2022

South Central Power provides employment opportunities for veterans and those currently serving

As the nation celebrates Veterans Day on Nov. 11, we’re spotlighting some of our veterans and military-connected employees.

Tom’s story

Tom Sunderlin grew up in the Hocking Hills region, attending Tri-County Vocational School and Hocking College, where he studied computer science and networking. After a stint of active duty in the Army, Tom returned to the area to pursue a career.

“I was doing networking for a medical center in Columbus, but I still lived in the Hocking Hills,” he says. “I was tired of the long commute, and I found out about a job opening in IT at South Central Power. I knew they were closer to home, so I was hopeful.” He accepted a job offer, and the career has been a great opportunity.

“After returning from active duty, I have medical appointments and other needs, but I feel like the co-op and our management has been very supportive of me as a veteran,” Sunderlin says. “My role allows me to work hard but also be flexible to take care of my health. The team I work with here, it’s also a lot like
my colleagues in the military — we look out for each other, and we have each other’s backs.”

And, while the GI Bill paid for his undergraduate degree, Sunderlin is using South Central Power’s employee tuition reimbursement program to continue his education; he’s currently pursuing a master’s degree in networking. “I love supporting the technology that serves our members and helps
keep power dependable and affordable,” he says. “I feel lucky to be here and would encourage other veterans to apply.”

Mitch’s story

Mitch Starr grew up in Bremen and attended the Eastland-Fairfield Career Center. Growing up with both his father and uncle as veterans, he was drawn to serve alongside his twin brother, who joined the Navy. Starr’s father also worked in the IT field, so finding a way to bring the two together seemed natural.

“I’ve been in the Air Force for eight years, serving in the National Guard as a Staff Sergeant and have completed two deployments overseas,” he says. “A lot of my experience in the military is in cybersecurity and computer networking, so now at South Central, I bring that experience but also get to expand on that as we serve our members.”

Starr believes South Central is a great place to work for veterans as well as those still serving in the Guard. “I feel supported and encouraged to serve my country,” Starr says. “If I have to miss work due to my military service, South Central Power makes sure I don’t lose any income, which means a lot for me to feel financially stable and I know I am supported here.”

Are you a veteran or currently serving and interested in a new career? South Central is an equal opportunity employer and encourages veterans and those serving to apply! To learn about current openings and more, visit our careers page.

From the November issue of Ohio Cooperative Living.