The Tennessee Valley Public Power Association (TVPPA) has honored Mark Young of Alcoa Electric for outstanding achievement.

Young is among the first 23 recipients of TVPPA Education & Training’s Utility Security Professional (USP) certificate.

That inaugural class was honored at TVPPA’s 2018 Utility Safety & Security Conference, Sept. 26-28 at Chattanooga.

Young and his classmates earned the recognition by completing a rigorous, comprehensive course of study, Alcoa Electric said in a press release. TVPPA’s USP curriculum is designed to provide superior training for the individuals charged with the protection of assets and staff at their utilities.

“Earning a USP certificate is an outstanding achievement by any standard,” TVPPA Director of Training Kim Culpepper said. “Alcoa Electric Department will, no doubt, benefit quickly and significantly as a result of the work Mark did to earn this recognition.”

Kenny Wiggins, public services director for the city of Alcoa, added his congratulations.

“Mark is an outstanding city employee,” Wiggins said. “He always has the customer’s best interest in mind, and his service is very much appreciated.”

TVPPA is the nonprofit, regional service organization that represents the interests of the 154 consumer-owned electric utilities that purchase wholesale power from the Tennessee Valley Authority and distribute it to 9 million customers in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, Virginia and North Carolina.

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