MILWAUKEE - Johnson Controls Inc. has announced its Future Hires Program (FHP), a workforce development plan that guarantees jobs for select students enrolled in their first year of the HVACR associate degree programs at CareerConnect partner schools.

Through its CareerConnect program, Johnson Controls donates resources and tools to partnering schools to simulate the work environment and enhance the HVAC program curriculum. Currently, eight schools participate in the CareerConnect program.

Students selected to participate in the Future Hires Program will receive tuition aid to put toward their second year educational costs. Graduates will work in one of six technical positions with Johnson Controls. Some students may be required to relocate for their position, and will receive a relocation package. Once in their positions, participants can expect additional training to continue their professional growth.

“We hope to attract more talent to the HVAC field by investing in promising students,” said Steve Sloane, vice president of North American service operations, Johnson Controls. “Our primary goal is to increase the number of skilled service professionals entering the workforce and joining the Johnson Controls team.”

Initial FHP students will be selected by spring 2008 and are scheduled to join the technical workforce in 2009.

Dr. Clyde Perry, division chair for industrial technology at GateWay Community College in Phoenix, stated, “The Future Hires Program is a great add to CareerConnect and will be a tremendous help in marketing technical career opportunities and specifically our HVACR degree program. When an employer is willing to support the students through scholarship money and guaranteed jobs, more students will register for our programs and strive to be a part of the Future Hires Program.”

Students must meet attendance and grade point average requirements and finish their degree program within two years. Additionally, participants are expected to give Johnson Controls a two-year work-commitment. Up to five students from each CareerConnect school can be selected to participate in the Future Hires Program each year.

To date, eight colleges across North America have partnered with Johnson Controls through the CareerConnect program: Greenville Tech (Greenville, S.C.), Dunwoody College of Technology (Minneapolis), Milwaukee Area Technical College (Milwaukee), GateWay Community College (Phoenix), City Colleges of Chicago (Chicago), Oklahoma State University- Okmulgee (Okmulgee, Okla.) Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (Edmonton, Alberta) and Hudson Valley Community College (Troy, N.Y.) More colleges throughout North America are currently being considered as candidates for the CareerConnect program.

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Publication date:02/04/2008