Erin Huntimer, staff writer/editor, has earned designation as a Certified Cooperative Communicator (CCC), sponsored by the Council of Rural Electric Communicators (CREC). The program provides the opportunity for those who work in mass communication and marketing communication to earn a credential that represents their professional competence within the communication field.
Huntimer has been employed full time with Basin Electric for 10 years and had been exploring ways to expand her education. “I honestly enjoyed studying for the exam. I would go to the mall in front of the state capitol building, lay out my books on a blanket, and absorb the cooperative business. My career thus far has been focused on communications from a generation and transmission cooperative perspective. The study materials took me deeper into the day-to-day operations of distribution cooperatives,” she says. “I learned a lot, and I feel I can better serve Basin Electric’s members now that I have a firmer understanding of their cooperative business.”
In order to maintain her CCC designation, Huntimer has committed to completing at least one continuing education unit each year.
To be eligible for the program, a candidate must have at least three years experience as a communicator, or one year experience and a bachelor’s degree. The candidate must also be working in the communications or marketing field of the electric co-op industry for a member of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). NRECA is administrator of the Council of Rural Electric Communicators, which sponsors the CCC program.