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Kenny Baird

General Manager, LaFollette Utilities Board (APPA & NRECA Member)

Kenny Baird knew he liked the energy industry, having worked for LaFollette Utilities Board in 1987.  After working as a Corporate Controller with a roofing company, he returned to LaFollette Utilities Board in 1993 as the Director of Accounting & Finance.  He was promoted to General Manager in 2005.

While researching the purchase of a regular transformer versus an auto-transformer, Kenny decided it would be beneficial to be able to technically discuss the factors of this decision.  He definitely had a solid business education earning a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and an MBA, but he needed to find something to provide him with the technical knowledge he required.

When he saw the EPCE online energy education programs presented in the American Public Power Association (APPA) Magazine, he decided to take advantage of it.  The Electric Power Technology (ELPW) program at Bismarck State College kept Kenny engaged.  “I’ve always been pretty good at school,” Kenny said.  “Like a hobby.  If I’m interested I’ll work for hours.”

“I enrolled in the program to learn the technical aspects of the industry,” Kenny continued.  “It really helped me with the engineering and operations talk.  My engineers were impressed with it!”  Kenny strongly recommends that students starting out stay on schedule.  “Don’t put your studying off!  You’ve got to do a little everyday.”

For his next step, Kenny is interested in the EPCE sponsored BS degree in Electrical Engineering with Clemson University.