LRCC Awarded Approved Provider Status by Northwest Energy Efficiency Council

LRCC Awarded Approved Provider Status by Northwest Energy Efficiency Council

Pictured, L-to-R: 

Dr. Andy Duncan, Energy Trainings Manager, LRCC
Professor Wes Golomb, Energy Services & Technology
Professor Carl Daniels, Energy Services & Technology
Tom Goulette, Vice President of Academic Affairs, LRCC

Lakes Region Community College has been granted Approved Provider status from the Northwest Energy Efficiency Council’s Building Operator Certification (BOC®) program, which will provide a national certification to students in LRCC’s Energy Services and Technology program who are training to be building engineers, technicians, and energy systems operators.

The Approved Provider status will enhance LRCC’s work to educate building and energy management professionals in the fields of energy efficient building operations and maintenance. Nationally recognized, the BOC training delivers the skill-enhancing education that facility professionals need. Students who earn the BOC credential acquire energy-efficient management strategies proven to transform workplaces by saving an estimated $.03/square foot on electric utility costs per year. “We are confident this partnership between LRCC and NEEC will contribute to better building performance and to job preservation in the facilities management profession,” said Stan Price, Executive Director of NEEC. BOC certification provides operators with a means of distinguishing themselves to employers through improved job skills. Certification establishes a professional credential for the operators, illustrates their commitment to the profession, and promotes opportunity for advancement in the workplace.

The Energy Services and Technology program at LRCC prepares students with knowledge and skills in the areas of energy efficiency, energy economics, electricity, HVAC, technical communications, and in ways to optimize the production, delivery, and use of energy resources. LRCC is only the third institution to join the BOC Approved Provider roster.    “Participation in the BOC program enables the College to enhance its EST program,” said LRCC Academic Affairs VP Tom Goulette.  “The EST program provides students with the knowledge and skills to participate in the expanding field of energy efficient operations and maintenance.”  LRCC offered its first Approved Provider BOC classes at in January, 2013.

For more information, or to register in the BOC program through LRCC, e-mail Andy Duncan at, or call 603-524-3207 ext 6629.

About NEEC

The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) is a non-profit trade association of the energy efficiency industry advocating for an affordable, energy-efficient future for commercial, industrial, and residential building owners and operators. NEEC administers the national Building Operator Certification (BOC®) program, which has been educating, training, and certifying building operators to perform energy-efficient operations and maintenance since 1996. National partners with NEEC in the BOC program include the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, New York State Energy Research & Development Authority, City University of New York, Northwest Energy Education Institute, Gwinnett Technical College, North Carolina Community College System, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, South Carolina Technical College System, Santa Fe Community College, University of Hawaii, and Wisconsin Focus on Energy. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) named NEEC as a winner of the 2012 ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence for its contributions through the BOC. For more information, visit