Honorable Mention: Keithen McKenzie from Paintsville, KY school's hvacr department

September 19, 2000
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+
Many parents and counselors want to guide younger students toward the four-year college path, but some are starting to realize the fact that not all kids have a university aptitude. Teachers like Mayo Technical College’s Keithen McKenzie help make a difference in their lives.

McKenzie, who heads up the Paintsville, KY school’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (hvacr) department, also owns and operates Four Seasons Heating & Cooling. He knows how important it is to tell young people about the career potential in hvacr service work, and he travels to area votech centers and high schools to spread the word.

“We set up actual hands-on demonstrations,” says McKenzie, who was awarded an honorable mention in The News Best Instructor contest. “I feel that this gives a prospective student a chance to see what the training consists of.”

Student Greg Rose said that “Mr. McKenzie has totally revamped the hvac program and has been instrumental in bringing in donations of equipment and industry.” He “demonstrates the highest level of professional commitment and competency in his work with students and colleagues.”

McKenzie himself says, “I feel that the classroom environment can only teach the student so much. I take my students on field trips to area businesses and distributors. Mayo also builds a house every two years, and my class installs the hvac.”

Publication date: 09/25/2000

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

2014 MCAA Annual Convention

Scenes from the 2014 MCAA Annual Convention in Scottsdale, Ariz.


Kyle Gargaro, editor-in-chief of The NEWS, hosted the 2014 ACCA CEO Forum. At the event, six well-known, highly respected company executives, Gary Michel, Ingersoll Rand/Trane; Chris Nelson, Carrier Corp.; Chris Peel, Rheem Mfg. Co.; Rod Rushing, Johnson Controls; Brent Schroeder, Emerson Climate Technologies; and Doug Young, Lennox; provided individual industry outlooks and fielded questions directly from attending contractors. Listen to the entire event on the NEWSMakers podcast. Posted on April 14.

More Podcasts



NEWS 04-14-14 cover

2014 April 14

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe


Which statement on service calls best applies to your business?
View Results Poll Archive


2014 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research


Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


Magazine image
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.


facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con