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A Youthful N


ortheast Oklahoma Electric (NEOEC) was fl ush with new faces this


summer. Through a program off ered by the Cherokee Na on, the Cherokee Na on Summer Youth Employment Program (CNSYEP), internships were made available to area youth. This is the fi rst year NEOEC has been a part of this local community summer program.


CNSYEP is a 6-week experience that allows students to gain knowledge of various occupa ons and interests, while receiving durable pay throughout the summer. This program allows Na ve youth ages 16-21, who live within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdic on, a chance to par cipate in diff erent ac vi es in the work force.


According to the program’s website:


The Cherokee Na on has helped hundreds of youth fi nd summer jobs every year since the program’s incep on in 1977. This year, more than 500 eligible par cipants will be paid by the tribe and placed at job sites based on their interests, including posi ons at the Cherokee Na on, local veterinarian clinics, fl oral shops and more.


The posi ons with NEOEC came packed with responsibili es and required the ability to problem solve, to work in diff erent work environments, and to use team-building skills. Those skills are vital to any posi on at NEOEC and to any career the interns choose to pursue for their future.


The many posi ons within NEOEC assort from the diff erent departments set within the coopera ve including NRS, RECtec, Public Rela ons, Billing, and many other services. During their internship, the students were interviewed about their


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Coopera ve teams with Cherokee Na on for sum subsidiary, RECtec.


experiences. Here is what some of them had to say about their summer at NEOEC.


Allyson Boyd Allyson Boyd is from Vinita, Oklahoma. She is currently a ending the University of Tulsa, studying biology. She spent the summer at NEOEC assis ng the front offi ce and the member service representa ves.


“I’ve had an enjoyable  me,” she stated. “My coworkers are kind and generous and always willing to help me with what I may be struggling with. I am very grateful for this opportunity.”


Allyson found that her internship this summer also would help in future endeavors as well.


“The job is very similar to my work study posi on at TU. The experience should help with my skills and effi ciency.”


In addi on to work experience, Allyson took away some memorable moments.


“On June 23, I no ced a red wasp in the light above my desk. A er informing the others in my area, I hid behind a locked door with Barbara McCoy for fi ve to ten minutes while others tried to kill it. To my knowledge, he’s s ll up there, plo ng his revenge.”


With the excep on of a vengeful bug, her summer at NEOEC was well spent indeed.


Kanaan Nichols Kanaan Nichols is a junior at Vinita High School. Kanaan was assigned to NEOEC’s


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RECtec is the technology and communica ons subsidiary. It has been in service for over 20 years, changing with the technology needed for the  mes. RECtec started in the nine es as a 2-way radio business, evolving later into a Motorola radio repair shop, and recently into providing IT and communica ons needs to schools and businesses throughout Oklahoma, northwest Arkansas, and southeastern Missouri.


Kanaan came to work at NEOEC for a very specifi c goal.


“It sounded like a good experience and it is.”


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