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    Photo Caption: Bryan Wood, General Manager for Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, accepted the award for 2019 Deep East Texas Small Employer of the Year during the Deep East Texas Local Workforce Development Board meeting in Lufkin on January 14, 2020. Pictured from left to right are: Robert Fitzpatrick, Workforce Board Member from San Augustine County, Bryan Wood, General Manager for Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, Lisa Balty, Past Chair of the Workforce Board, and Wayne Haglund, Workforce Board Chair.

Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas Honors Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative as the Region’s 2019 Small Employer

 

 

On January 14, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative (DETEC) was recognized by the Deep East Texas Local Workforce Development Board as the 2019 Deep East Texas Small Employer of the Year.

 

“The Workforce Board is pleased to honor Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative, whose efforts to partner with the workforce system in hiring, training and retaining a quality staff, has contributed to the economic and workforce objectives in the region,” said Board Chair Wayne Haglund. Mr. Haglund was joined by Past Board Chair Lisa Balty and Board member Robert Fitzpatrick in presenting the award to DETEC General Manager Bryan Wood.

 

Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative (DETEC) provides electric services to eight counties including San Augustine, Nacogdoches, Shelby, Newton, Panola, Jasper, Sabine, and Rusk. DETEC has approximately 7,000 miles of distribution lines with some 40,000 meters connected. DETEC has successfully partnered with Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas for nearly 30 years. The cooperative employs over 100 individuals across a wide variety of fields including general office personnel, accountants, customer service representatives, technology, mechanics, heavy machinery operators, lineman, engineering, general laborers and more.

 

“On behalf of the 115 employees and 11 directors, I thank you for recognizing Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative with this workforce award. Since our partnership with Workforce Solutions began in the early 1990s, 95 percent of the people we hired have come to us through the workforce center. If I had to hire staff to do what you do for us, it would cost at least a half million dollars. Your service to us invaluable,” Mr. Wood told the board during his presentation. “We are in the people business, and it’s important that we hire individuals who mirror the demographics of the communities we serve. Workforce Solutions Deep East Texas is instrumental in our ability to recruit a broad spectrum of skills across a wide service area. We could not do it without them.”

 

For more information about assistance for employers seeking qualified applicants for specific jobs and the development of custom solutions to strengthen their current workforce, call the WSDET Business Services Unit at 936-639-1351 or visit www.detwork.org.