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HVAC Students Earn AHRI's Rees Scholarship Foundation Awards

Dec. 6, 2016 -- The Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute recently announced that Moore Norman Technology Center student Joseph De Santiago is the recipient of a $1,500 Rees Scholarship Foundation award and Leo Mooney is the recipient of a $1,000 award. Both are students in MNTC’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration program and are on schedule to graduate in May 2017.  

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 up to two semesters of instruction and can only be applied toward costs incurred at the school such as tuition, program tools and books.

According to AHRI the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 86,000 new jobs in the HVAC industry will need to be filled by 2018 and formal HVAC education and training can make the difference for employment as an HVAC technician.

Students enrolled in MNTC’s HVAC/R program train to work as an HVAC/R technician and also 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.

To learn more about the Rees Scholarship Foundation visit For more information about MNTC’s HVAC/R program, which is open to high school juniors and seniors and adult students, visit here or call 405-364-5763, ext. 7260.

by Anna Aguilar, APR