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Free Residential HVAC Summer Program at MCTC

Are you interested in getting on a fast track to a lucrative career in the trades? Join MCTC and Explore the Trades for a free four-week summer program focused on learning and applying the tools of the Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) residential service industry.

When you apply to be part of the summer HVAC residential service program, you’ll learn important skills from knowledgeable faculty in MCTC’s hands-on classrooms. The program concludes with a two-week internship where you’ll be paid a stipend so you can solidify what you learned by applying your knowledge in the field.

“Over the next 10 years, there will be more than 750,000 jobs available in the trades industries,” said Renee Cardarelle, executive director of the Nexstar Legacy Foundation, the organization that facilitates Explore the Trades. “What’s unique about residential HVAC is it combines technical and interpersonal skills so a well-rounded person can achieve great success in this industry.”

All applicants to the summer program must attend one of two introductory orientation sessions offered at MCTC on June 27 (either 9 a.m. – Noon or 6 – 9 p.m.) During orientation, attendees will be given an opportunity to apply to be a part of the program, interview with the local businesses offering internships and learn about the residential HVAC industry.

“This summer program is a great way for individuals to start to learn more about a skilled, technical career,” said Lara Christley, academic advisor at MCTC. “If participants like what they learn, they can enroll in MCTC’s full-time HVACR program and have great long-term job potential and pay after only 11 months.”

The average wage for an HVACR Mechanic is $44,630 and the top 10% earn more than $70,000 annually. To encourage participants to continue their education after the summer program, Explore the Trades will offer scholarships to qualifying participants who complete the summer program so they can pursue a diploma or degree in HVACR at MCTC. MCTC’s HVACR program begins every fall and with the summer program behind you, you’ll already have four credits completed.

“MCTC's HVACR program recently received the highest-level accreditation from HVAC Excellence—one of only three programs in the state to receive this status,” said Greg Skudlarek, MCTC faculty. “No matter how bad the economy gets, homeowners and businesses always need HVAC technicians. This summer program offers participants an opportunity to see if this is the right career for their future.”

Register at www.ExploreTheTrades.org/mctc