Charles Kulp, left, presents Energy Air duct foreman, Kyle Copeland, with the FACT Level II Charles Kulp award. Copeland graduated at the top of his class with a 99 percent grade point average and received the Charles Kulp award in 2010.

ORLANDO, Fla. - Thirty-eight students accepted their graduation certificate at Energy Air’s fourth annual Florida Air Conditioning Training (FACT) graduation on April 22.

A graduation ceremony is held each year for the company’s in-house skill and safety training program. Students are presented with certificates for each FACT level completed. The management team and numerous peer instructors, along with 38 students and their significant others, celebrated with dinner prior to the ceremony.

The evening was kicked off with an inspiring and, at times, comical speech by pastor and former Orlando Predators wide receiver, Herkie Walls.

In addition to the announcement of each graduate, special awards were presented to those with perfect attendance in each class level. The Charles Kulp award, an award named after Energy Air president, Charles Kulp, was presented to students with the highest grade point average in each level.

The ceremony concluded with a speech given by Kulp.

Launched in 2007, the FACT program teaches all aspects of HVAC skill and safety. The curriculum covers all aspects of HVAC in both English and Spanish, including introduction to HVAC, mathematics, blueprint reading, personal protective equipment, lifting, communications, mechanical code, specifications, CPR/first aid, emergency response, tools, fiberglass, metal and exhaust duct, piping, controls, heating and cooling design, scheduling, rigging, fire and smoke dampers, equipment/curbs, air distribution, and voltage.

Publication date: 05/16/2011