The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute recently announced that Moore Norman Technology Center student Justin Williams has earned a $2,000 Rees Scholarship Foundation award. Williams is a junior enrolled with Epic Charter School and is a student in MNTC’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration program.
“I’m really grateful for this scholarship and hope to use it to purchase a set of HVAC tools that I can take to work with me after I graduate,” said Williams.
The purpose of the Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation is to assist with the recruitment and competency of future Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Water Heating technicians by awarding scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled, or plan to enroll, in an institutionally accredited school. The scholarships may be applied to two semesters of instruction and can only be applied toward costs incurred at the school such as tuition, program tools and books.
Labor statistics generated through O-Net Online show the projected growth for HVAC/R technicians in Oklahoma is 15 percent higher than for other jobs through 2026.
Students enrolled in MNTC’s heat and air program train to work as HVAC/R technicians and prepare for industry certifications. Throughout the program students also have the opportunity to earn an EPA 608 certification, an I.C.E. certification and an OSHA 10 General Safety certification. The program counts for two of the three years needed to sit for a journeyman license.