Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning (HVAC) Certification & Training for Adult Students teacher Frank Ando likes to say HVAC careers are "hot, cool and everywhere," and a look at this year's graduating class proves him right.
Ten Capital Region residents recently marked their completion of the HVAC Certification & Training program for adults at an evening ceremony in their classroom at Career & Tech's Albany campus. Each was presented with a certificate by Ando and congratulated on his success. A few of the graduates could not attend because they were already working in their new career field.
In fact, five of the 10 graduates landed jobs with local companies, including Appolo Heating Inc., Northeast Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Service Experts, SYSCO and Wilson Bros. Heating-Cooling-Plumbing. A sixth student, who is currently employed by the New York State Office of General Services, upgraded his job-related skills, and the two remaining students are seeking employment in the field.
Some of the graduates interviewed with their future employers at an HVAC job fair that Ando hosted in his classroom this spring.
In addition to the HVAC Certification & Training for Adults program, Ando teaches the HVAC/R program for high school students at Career & Tech's Albany campus.
HVAC grads with Frank Ando (right), in photo above left: Andrew Cole and photo above right: Jonathon Fritz
At the time of graduation, Cole was interviewing for a position
with a local college, and Fritz was already employed by Wilson
HVAC grads with Frank Ando (right), in photo above left: Paul Swift and photo above right: Patrick Trow
At the time of graduation, Swift was already employed by Service Experts and Trow was seeking employment.
HVAC grads with Frank Ando (right), in photo above left: Romaine Ballin, and in photo above right: Shawn Schmidt
At the time of graduation, Ballin was seeking employment, and Schmidt had landed a position with SYSCO, Albany.
HVAC grad Wesley Giaminelli (left) with Frank Ando. Giaminelli completed the HVAC Certification & Training course to upgrade his skills at his current position with the New York State Office of General Services.