Air Conditioning Technology Students Blog and Receive Scholarships from Suretape
Date: June 23, 2015
A quality education can provide a leg-up when entering the skilled trades workforce, according to Suretape Technologies, LLC. A leading producer of pressure-sensitive tapes, including HVAC tapes, Suretape is on a mission to educate for success.
The company, through its Suretape® Mission: HVAC, Educating for Success program, is following three students from the Air Conditioning Technology program at Athens Technical College as they navigate through college in pursuit of futures in the HVAC field. Each month, these students are challenged with a themed mission that tests their classroom learnings, as well as their real-life experiences and skills. Upon completion of each mission, student report their findings via blog posts on the Suretape.com website.
The students are also being rewarded for their participation in the program and completion of all 10 missions. Each student will receive $5,000 to put toward the cost of their education and help prepare them for future employment.
Suretape invited Air Conditioning Technology students from Athens Technical College to participate in the inaugural program. The Air Conditioning Technology program is designed to prepare students for a successful career in heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration. It takes approximately 1½ - 2 years to complete the coursework, which includes 10 HVAC courses and four non-HVAC courses.
The three students selected during an application process include:
Daniel Buth: A 50-year old-student from Jefferson, Ga. who began the program in February 2013 and plans to graduate in September 2015. Buth is originally from Romania and has owned precision machining and masonry businesses.
Josue Trejo: A 24-year-old student from Athens, Ga. who began the program in January 2013 and plans to graduate in December 2015. Trejo started his college career in marketing, yet switched his major to HVAC after spending a summer working with a refrigeration company.
Matt Morris: A 20-year-old students from Rutledge, Ga., who began the program in August 2014 and plans to graduate in May 2016. Morris looks forward to a career where he can find satisfaction in helping others.
“Skilled trades, including the HVAC field, face a worrisome future as many skilled workers will be retiring over the next few years, leaving a void of replacements,” said Glenn Walter, product manager for building and construction tapes at Suretape. “There’s a strong and viable future in HVAC, especially since it’s a career path with year-round demand. Our Mission: HVAC program is designed to highlight the training requirements to become an HVAC professional and also celebrate these students’ numerous accomplishments.”
To follow the students’ journeys, visit the Shurtape blog.