Hussmann Corp. has established a $16,000 scholarship fund at Emily Griffith Technical College in Denver. The Hussmann Scholarship will be awarded to students at Emily Griffith who intend to pursue a career in the HVACR service field. Scholarship funds may be used by students to pay for tuition, books, or tools.
“As we look forward at the future of supermarket refrigeration service, one of the most significant challenges the industry faces is attracting new talent into the service ranks,” said Jay Welu, vice president of operations for Hussmann Services Corp. “Technicians that entered the industry 25 to 30 years ago are retiring at a rate which far exceeds the entry of new technicians into the field. The Hussmann Scholarship at Emily Griffith Technical College is one of many programs we’ve innovated to help young students make their way from the classroom to the supermarket refrigeration service field.”
The Hussmann Scholarship Program is part of a wider outreach to community and technical colleges nationwide known as the Hussmann Vocational Schools Partnership Program. The goal of the program is to form industry partnerships with schools that offer their students HVACR training and provide assistance with supermarket refrigeration curriculum development, equipment acquisition, and job placement for graduating students.
“We expect that there will be a refrigeration technician shortage for the next several years, and it is our goal to help build a pipeline of qualified service technicians to take advantage of job opportunities providing service and support to the commercial refrigeration industry,” the company said.
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