Independence High’s Ben Climer advances to SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference

BenClimer.jpgFranklin, TN - June 16, 2011 - Ben Climer, (center in attached photo, pictured with Franklin Synergy’s Al Dorsey and Independence High’s Keith Steffen) a rising senior at Independence High School won a regional computer compare competition, allowing him to advance to the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Independence High Information Technology Instructor Keith Steffen will also attend the conference, held the last week in June. More than 15,000 people, including students, teachers and business partners are expected to participate in the week-long conference. Franklin Synergy Bank is partially funding Climer’s travel to Kansas City for the competition.

SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce. SkillsUSA’s mission is to help its members become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.

"We are very pleased to be able to help Ben attend this competition", commented Franklin Synergy president Richard Herrington. "Fostering student interest in information technology and preparing a skilled workforce are essential in an economically prosperous community. We are fortunate to have teachers such as Keith Steffen and students like Ben Climer."