GRDA and OEIP Camp 2018

Power for Progress… a weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority.

Each summer, the Grand River Dam Authority has the privilege of hosting several area educators. As it opens its doors to its facilities, like the Grand River Energy Center and Robert S. Kerr Dam, these educators have the opportunity to see the many career options that may await their current students.

Teachers taking the tour … GRDA’s Robert Campbell (far left) leads a group of Oklahoma educators on a tour of the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, during the 2018 Oklahoma Educators & Industry Partnership (OEIP) Camp.

Last week, these special “teacher summer camp” tours took place again, as GRDA and other Oklahoma organizations played host to the Oklahoma Educators & Industry Partnership (OEIP) Camp over the course of three days. Northeast Tech, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, MidAmerica Industrial Park and Rogers State University led the teacher tours, which included stops at GRDA’s facilities, as well as other locations in Oklahoma.

During the GRDA visit, Oklahoma educators were able to get an up-close look at the new GRDA Unit 3 combined cycle gas generation plant and its state-of-the-art equipment that makes it the most efficient 60 hertz power plant in the world. After that, a panel comprised of GRDA employees from various departments and disciplines spoke to the teachers about GRDA’s diverse career paths and the education necessary for each field. Recent Oklahoma legislation that will allow for high school students to earn credit hours during internships was also discussed. GRDA began offering those internships in January of this year. In the afternoon, hydroelectric production was the focus as the group visited Kerr Dam.

Of course, GRDA’s efforts to support Oklahoma education and workforce development has been well-documented in this space before. However, these annual summer teachers’ camps – made possible through cooperative efforts with these important education entities – continue to be a great way for GRDA to highlight its workforce, tell its story and help provide valuable information to Oklahoma teachers.

GRDA is proud of the role it played in helping to make the 2018 OEIP Camp a success.

Headquartered in Vinita, GRDA is Oklahoma’s state-owned electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees and efficiency.