Career Day

I think John R. Hall’s article [“Getting Fourth Graders Interested in HVACR,” Feb. 24] was great. This is how we have to get out of the box and start thinking long term about solving our manpower shortage.

We actively participate in the school system, including the vo-tech and junior college here in Charlottesville, trying to excite students about the HVACR industry. We have limited success, but we have opened up the dialog.

I have done some similar “career days” over the years and have found them to be fun — mostly with high school students — and I took the same approach. Another thing we did, which the kids thought was cool, was to cut out designs on the plasma cutter — dogs, cats, bats, etc.

Robert Powell, Albemarle Heating and Air, Charlottesville, Va.

Show And Tell

I liked John R. Hall’s article [“Getting Fourth Graders Interested in HVACR,” Feb. 24]. I’ve been in HVAC for 22 years now, but before that, I taught in the Milwaukee public schools. Promoting our industry and the opportunities it offers to young people has been on my “to do” list for a while now.

I would definitely be interested in getting a copy of your PowerPoint presentation. It could save me a lot of time and get me out there in the schools quicker.

Mike Mills, Training Director, Design Air, Milwaukee, Wis.

A Job Well Done

I just read “Determining The Cause Of Death” [by B. Checket-Hanks] in the Jan. 22, 2003 issue ofThe News. Congratulations. You did a fine job.

Either you are an extremely good reporter, or you know more about the mechanics of this business than many servicers do.

Wally Braatz, Norcross, Ga.

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Publication date: 03/24/2003