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Career & Technical School News

Hired before the end of high school: HVAC/R students find employment

Career fair leads to jobs for Capital Region BOCES students

Sperry and CrowtherSix Capital Region BOCES Career and Technical School (CTE) adult and high school students have been hired following the school's heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) career fair at the end of March.

The six students — four high school students and two adult students now have full-time employment with local HVAC/R firms as soon as they walk across the graduation stage in June.

"It's great to have a job right out of school," said one of the high school students, Thorne Sperry of South Colonie who was hired by Holbrook Heating and Air Conditioning.

"I appreciate that Mr. Ando is here every day sharing his expertise with us and helping prepare us for careers," added John Crowther of Mohonasen, who was hired by Adams Heating and Cooling.

Also finding employment were high school students Zackary Brannigan of Guilderland (hired by Colonie Mechanical Contractors, Inc.) and Anthony Formichelli of Niskayuna (hired by Adams Heating and Cooling).

The two adult students finding employment were hired by Albany Medical Center and BC Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc., teacher Frank Ando said.Appollo recruiters talk with a CTE student

Starting pay for the students ranges from $12.50 to $17 an hour or more depending on the company, the position and other factors.

Armed with resumes and portfolios, students one-by-one met with employers during the March 27 career fair on the Albany CTE campus.

Ando said HVAC/R employers are in constant need of employees because of growing demand and an aging population.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects employment of HVAC/R technicians will grow 21 percent faster than the average for all occupations by 2022. The job outlook is particularly strong for students "familiar with computers and electronics and those with good troubleshooting employers continue to have difficulty finding qualified technicians to work on complex new systems."

The HVAC/R program at the Albany campus of the Capital Region BOCES CTE gives students a solid career foundation in the HVAC/R industry. In a state-of-the art classroom, students learn about ventilation, piping, refrigerants and refrigeration, furnaces and boilers.

In the top photo, Crowther and Sperry solder copper piping in class.

In the second photo, Sperry is interviewed by Apollo representatives.


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