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VCC Leadership Conference 2016


Three National FFA Organization students from Halifax County High School were sponsored by Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative to attend the Virginia Cooperative Council’s (VCC) Virginia Institute on Cooperative Education (VICE) Conference. Bennett Francis and Chassity Smith of Nathalie and Jordon Walker of Buffalo Junction participated in the three-day event.

Halifax County High School students represent Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative at the VICE Conference held at Graves’ Mountain Lodge.



From left are Chassity Smith, Bennett Francis and Jordan Walker.


“This is one spring break I will never forget!  Thank you.” -- Bennett Francis

Each spring the VCC hosts up to 64 Virginia high school students to attend this conference with the primary objective of educating youth about the unique cooperative form of business. Through interactive, educational and entertaining activities, students enhance their business, teamwork, leadership and communication skills. They are introduced to an exercise called “Who’s Minding the Store,” a computerized, interactive business-simulation game where they make business decisions for a fictional farm-supply store.

MEC Communications Specialist Priscilla Lawson, who accompanied the group, comments, “It was amazing to watch these students from various communities across Virginia work so well together during the simulation exercises-- deliberating and solving problems in order to operate their own cooperative business. Not only did the students learn real-life business skills that will be immeasurably valuable in their future career paths, but many of them left the conference with more confidence in their own unique personal abilities and how to use those skills to work better as a team.”

In addition to the learning exercises throughout the weekend, the students also enjoyed entertaining times with a dance, a hay ride and fun activities that all led to lifelong friendships. Lawson adds, “Of most importance, these students now have a new perspective on the legacy of cooperatives and the importance they hold in today’s society.”


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