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NRTC Awards Tech Scholarship to Celebrate Midwest Energy Fiber Success

Randy Sukow Oct 21, 2019

Midwest Energy & Communications (MEC), Cassopolis, MI, has completed a highly successful five-year deployment of fiber optics in rural Michigan. More than 10,000 rural homes and businesses have access to broadband services thanks to MEC’s efforts. NRTC honored the cooperative’s achievement by establishing the Midwest Energy & Communications Technology Scholarship at Southwestern Michigan College (SMC) in Dowagiac, MI.

“MEC has emerged as a national leader and pioneer in rural broadband, successfully living out their mission of delivering first-in-class solutions where others won’t,” said Greg Santoro, NRTC senior VP and Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, who added that it was an honor for NRTC to be part of MEC’s fiber project. NRTC also looks forward to future work with MEC as it plans to expand its fiber network to more rural homes.

SMC is a two-year college with associate degrees in science and applied science. Scholarships will go to MEC customers who enter SMC to study telecommunications, computers or other related technology subjects. Awards will begin in Fall 2021.

NRTC hosted a dinner last week to present the scholarship to MEC President and CEO Bob Hance and members of the MEC board of directors. Pictured at the dinner are (l-r) Chris Martin, NRTC’s VP, Member and Industry Relations; Hance, who also serves on the NRTC board of directors; Santoro, and Eric Freesmeier, president and CEO of NRTC Broadband Solutions.

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