PHILADELPHIA — Johnson Controls held an opening celebration and ribbon cutting for its new Commercial HVAC Pathways Vocational Lab in the Energy Coordinating Agency’s (ECA) Knight Green Jobs Training Center in Philadelphia. The new lab is part of an ongoing partnership between Johnson Controls and the ECA, which is focused on providing training to participants including local Philadelphia youth, returning citizens, and unemployed/underemployed individuals who are looking to build a career in the new clean energy economy.
The lab curriculum is a collaboration between the Johnson Controls Institute and instructors from the ECA who will deliver hands-on residential and commercial training, which will result in portable, stackable, and national credentials. The Philadelphia School District is also utilizing the lab for their newly established and state certified HVAC apprenticeship program. Historically, the ECA’s job placement rate for individuals who complete similar training is 88%.
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf spoke at the ceremony and was joined by Mayor Jim Kenney; Pat Clancy, CEO of Philadelphia Works; Sen. Christine Tartaglione; Michelle Armstrong, executive director of the Office of Career and Technical Education, School District of Philadelphia; and Emily Schapira, executive director of the Philadelphia Energy Authority.
Publication date: 5/29/2019