Two Moore Norman Technology Center Heat, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration students earned scholarships this month to continue their education.
Rees Foundation Scholarship release provided by The Rees Foundation, Aug. 20, 2019
The Clifford H. "Ted" Rees, Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), and the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA), announced scholarship awards totaling $62,000 to 36 students, including five military veterans, studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry.
"We are pleased to award scholarships to these qualified and dedicated students and veterans, and we look forward to welcoming them into the industry," said AHRI President and CEO Stephen Yurek. "Each year, the Foundation provides aid to these aspiring technicians, helping to promote careers in the industry and fill good-paying jobs that cannot be outsourced."
"Supporting workforce development and employee retention programs are ACCA's highest priorities and we're pleased to work with the Rees Scholarship Foundation and AHRI to help contractors recruit and retain skilled workers," said ACCA President and CEO Barton James. "These scholarship awards also support ACCA's work with President Trump and his pledge to America's workers, which is focused on providing educational opportunities to develop a strong workforce. Congratulations to these very deserving young men and women, we look forward to you advancing in our industry and becoming tomorrow's leaders."
Joshua Yadon earned $1,500 through the Rees Foundation. He is a 2019 homeschool graduate and a first-year student in MNTC's HVAC/R career program, attending on an MNTC Tuition Waiver. He will use the scholarship money to purchase HVAC/R tools to have as a personal set for work.
Yadon said, "When I finished high school I was looking for a way to pay for college. I know, because of my Dad, how great the HVAC industry is, so this will be a way for me to gain the skills to go to work and to pay for college."
He's interested in music and teaching and is considering a pathway to becoming a K12 music teacher after college. In the meantime, he knows of the high employability rate of HVAC technicians holding an apprentice license in Oklahoma and is happy with his decision to train at MNTC. Unique to him as a student is having his father, Steve Yadon, as his HVAC/R instructor.
"People ask me if it's weird having my Dad is my instructor, but we actually have a lot of fun. I know he has high expectations for me; I'm happy here," he said.
The Electric & Gas Industries Association recently awarded a $2,500 EGIA Foundation Scholarship to HVAC/R student Johnathan Zajac. He is also a first-year student and plans to earn an apprentice license by summer next year.
"I chose the HVAC program because it's a growing and stable field with a shortage of qualified workers. I can make good money as an HVAC technician and with another year of work after graduation, I can take the journeyman license exam and earn even more. I was in college and wasn't happy, but with what I'm learning here and my potential for employment, I know this was a great choice," said Zajac.
Both Yadon and Zajac will graduate in May 2020. To learn about MNTC's HVAC/R career program visit here or call 405-801-5000.