LAS VEGAS - For the second time in four months, the founder of Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing, Kenneth Goodrich, has announced a major donation to the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) to help train students in HVACR technologies.

Last fall Goodrich donated $100,000 to establish CSN’s J. Duncan Goodrich Air Conditioning Technology Endowment, in honor of his father, a pioneer in southern Nevada air conditioning sales and repair.

Now, Goodrich has announced $50,000 in cash and in-kind donations from community partners to CSN.

“Kenneth’s leadership, dedication, and generosity to CSN to train students in HVAC technology has astonished and inspired our local industry,” said Dennis Soukup, chair of the Department of Applied Technologies at CSN. “All of the in-kind equipment donations are going to really help us modernize our lab. It would be my intention then to use the cash donations to replace antiquated equipment with state-of-the-art instrumentation that will make CSN a national model for HVAC instruction.”

The cash donations include $10,000 from American Residential Services, which provides heating, air conditioning, and plumbing services across the United States, and $5,000 from Via Direct Marketing, a local marketing company.

Goodrich also announced a number of in-kind equipment donations, which will help CSN train students with newer energy saving technologies. In-kind donations include $20,000 in equipment from Burke Engineering Co., an HVACR controls and equipment wholesaler. This will help CSN to construct a state-of-the-art climate control panel that students will help build and use as a training module.

Emerson Climate Technologies is providing $5,000 in in-kind donations to fit CSN lab equipment with energy saving technology. Goodman donated $10,000 in ozone-friendly air conditioning units that meet new Environmental Protection Agency requirements.

The CSN Air Conditioning Technology Program has national accreditation by the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Accreditation. The program provides students with classroom instruction on theory, design, and applications, and extensive laboratory instruction using equipment fault simulators, computerized trainers, and actual equipment representative of units encountered in the field (air conditioning units, heat pumps, gas heating units, ice machines, walk-in refrigeration and freezer units, etc.). The program regularly schedules guest lecturers from industry representatives on the latest innovations and practices in the field.

Yes! Air Conditioning and Plumbing is owned by American Residential Services LLC. For more information,

Publication date:02/22/2010