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Franklin Energy Becomes First Official Corporate Partner of BOC Veterans Program

via the Fort Mill Times:

March 5, 2014

— Franklin Energy Services, LLC, a leading national energy efficiency program implementation firm, today announced its official partnership with the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) for the nationally-accredited Building Operator Certification (BOC) Veterans Workforce Development program.

Through the BOC Veterans program, MEEA and business affiliates aim to help unemployed and underemployed military veterans establish careers in the growing field of commercial building operations and maintenance. The program prepares veterans for the workforce by providing leading-edge technical training and certification, professional mentoring and employment assistance.

MEEA created the BOC Veterans program in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) and local partners to address the issue of unemployment among returning servicemen and women. In 2012, Illinois unemployment for post 9/11 veterans was 9.9 percent compared to 7.9 percent for nonveterans.

“The Program provides qualified veterans comprehensive resources and education along with collaborative partnerships to facilitate entry into the high growth green jobs sector," said Aimee Skrzekut, MEEA Director of Programs. "MEEA and its partners are thrilled to support our nation’s heroes through this innovative program which is central to MEEA’s core mission of conserving energy, saving money and promoting a sustainable economy. MEEA appreciates the support of corporate partners, like Franklin Energy, who develop professional opportunities for veterans who have honorably served our nation."

As the very first corporate partner of the Program, Franklin Energy will contribute tuition funding, professional guidance and career opportunities within its company walls and the energy sector.

“Franklin Energy understands the impact in developing its industry’s workforce and mutually serving civic initiatives,” said Paul Schueller, Franklin Energy CEO. “We admire MEEA’s efforts behind the BOC Veterans program and value our established relationship over the years. We are additionally pleased to be at the forefront of the program’s development and coordination.”

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About Franklin Energy Services, LLC

Franklin Energy Services is one of the most experienced energy efficiency program management companies in the United States. Founded in 1994, Franklin Energy designs and implements customized solutions for utilities, municipalities, and government bodies that help promote the efficient consumption of electricity and natural gas to end-use residential and business customers. The firm received distinguished industry recognition when it was awarded Outstanding Energy Efficient Technology Deployment of the Year for 2013 by the Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP).

About the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) – The Source on Energy Efficiency

The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is a non-profit membership organization of state and local governments, energy utilities, research institutes, manufacturers, energy service providers and advocacy organizations working to advance energy efficiency in the thirteen Midwestern states. MEEA administers BOC throughout the Midwest.

BOC is a nationally recognized, competency-based training and certification program that offers facilities personnel the improved job skills and knowledge to transform workplaces to be more comfortable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.