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Southern Company graduates first apprentices at Fort Stewart in Troops to Energy program

Category: Manufacturing

By Lou Phelps, Coastal Empire News

August 25,, 2014 – As our troops come back from deployments, and get ready to de-activate and enter the workforce, the Southern Company has developed an innovating program to assist.

Called Troops to Energy, the jobs founding member, Southern Company, has partnered with the U.S. Army to develop the a program which provides specialized training to service members stationed at the military base. Last week, 10 soldiers who completed the three-week training course – which included segments on safety and compliance, as well as hands-on experience with tools and equipment – received job offers from Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power.

"As a longtime supporter of the military, Southern Company is proud to enhance our recruitment efforts through his innovative partnership with the U.S. Army," said 

Southern Company Chief Operating Officer Kimberly S. Greene. "By bringing this specialized training to Fort Stewart, we are helping veterans successfully transition to civilian life while putting their unique skills to work for the benefit of the customers we serve."

The new training program at Fort Stewart was developed in support of Soldier for Life, a U.S. Army program designed to assist military service members and their families in the transition from active duty to the civilian job market. Southern Company believes that military service members' commitment to safety, teamwork and excellence in their work aligns well with the core values of the utility industry.

Ten percent of the Southern Company system's 26,000 employees are veterans or serve in the National Guard or Reserve. Veterans account for 14 percent of the system's new hires this year.

Broadly recognized for its ongoing support of military personnel and leadership in military recruitment, Southern Company is the top-ranked energy company and No. 3 overall in the 2014 Diversity Inc Top 10 Companies for Veterans, the top-ranked energy company and No. 13 overall in the Military Times EDGE Best for Vets: Employers 2014 survey and among the Most Valuable Employers for Military® by CivilianJobs.com for five consecutive years.

In 2010, Southern Company was awarded the 2010 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award – the highest honor given by the Department of Defense for support of employees who serve in the National Guard or Reserve – and the Pro Patria Award for leadership in providing benefits to military employees. G.I. Jobs has named Southern Company the nation's highest-ranked utility in its Top 100 Military Friendly Employers® listing for seven consecutive years.

The company also actively recruits members of the Navy as a Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program partner and has pledged to support the Joining Forces initiative. In addition, Southern Company annually participates in more than 30 military recruitment events and partners with military transition centers across the country.

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