Energy Jobs Forum for Veterans

Military veterans looking to enter or get ahead in the energy sector are invited to a national professional development conference at NRECA headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John Allen

U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John Allen

Veterans in Energy will hold a conference Oct. 5-7 to provide networking opportunities for veterans, along with presentations and breakout sessions on employment issues and industry trends.

U.S. Marine Corps General John Allen, retired deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, will be the keynote speaker.

Other speakers include executives from a job search firm for veterans and the Arizona Public Service Co., where one in five employees is a veteran.

The electric utility industry has a strong commitment to hiring military veterans. In 2014, more than 10 percent of new hires in the energy sector came from the armed services, according to a new report on the electric companies' role in job growth and the economy.

In addition, U.S. Census numbers show more than 40 percent of military recruits have rural roots.

"NRECA is dedicated to honoring and employing veterans across the cooperative network. We understand that providing veterans with support, jobs and training is beneficial for NRECA, our member co-ops and the country," said Michelle Rostom, the association's director of workforce development and coordinator of its Serve Our Co-ops; Serve Our Country veterans hiring initiative.

NRECA is a co-founder of Veterans in Energy, a national employee resource group providing transition, retention and professional development support to military veterans working in energy.

Register for the 2017 Veterans in Energy Forum.