HICKORY, N.C. – From learning the theory behind heating and air conditioning to participating in labs that teach troubleshooting skills, you can’t beat the hands-on training and experience that comes from technical education. Having that certificate or degree provides an advantage in the HVAC workforce, so many of those aspiring to join the field put in the time to get a quality education – but the costs can be high.
So, in 2015, Shurtape Technologies, LLC, set out on a mission to educate for success through its Mission: HVAC program. Through this program, three students from Athens Technical College in Athens, Georgia, embarked on a journey of learning and discovery. Over the course of 10 months, they received HVAC-themed missions, which challenged them to put their classroom learning and real-life experiences into action, and then reported their findings via blog posts on Shurtape.com.
Now, Shurtape has launched its second year of the Mission: HVAC program with three new students, selected among applicants from technical schools nationwide. Like their predecessors, they will receive 10 HVAC-themed missions that will require them to conduct research, interview HVAC pros and meet with industry experts, and then compile that knowledge into blog posts. And, they will be rewarded for their participation in the program and completion of all 10 missions with $5,000 to put toward the cost of their education and help prepare them for future employment.
2016 Mission: HVAC Students
School: Ivy Tech Community College, Columbus, Indiana
Fun Fact: Chandler decided to pursue a career in the trades as he was preparing to be honorably discharged after serving eight years in the Navy. It was his chief in the Navy who pushed him to HVAC.
School: Catawba Valley Community College, Hickory, North Carolina
Fun Fact: Hall has an extensive career history in construction, including masonry, general carpentry, timber framing, log building, drafting and the heavy equipment industry – but he’s decided to focus on HVAC as it provides the ability for him to become a recognized, licensed tradesman.
School: Athens Technical College, Athens, Georgia
Fun Fact: Dermer changed careers after 28 years in the restaurant field, which allowed him to start his own company and have the flexibility to spend time with his children. He’s decided to learn a totally new field as he hopes he can help others using his education and key learning.