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Hudson Valley Community College Selected for Collaborative Program with Johnson Controls
Program grooms building mechanics on leading HVAC systems, guarantees jobs for select graduates
MILWAUKEE – (February 27, 2008) – Johnson Controls, Inc. (NYSE: JCI), the global, multi-industrial leader in creating smart environments, has selected Hudson Valley Community College (HVCC) in New York to participate in a national collaborative program dedicated to training the next generation of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) technicians.
Through the CareerConnect program, Johnson Controls donates resources and tools to partnering schools to simulate the work environment and enhance the HVAC program curriculum. The company’s contributions to HVCC will include learning materials, instruction from industry specialists and faculty development. Johnson Controls will also team with the school through career fairs and other recruiting events to increase awareness among area high school students of the career opportunities available to skilled technicians. The market value of the CareerConnect program to HVCC is more than $10,000.
Students enrolled in the HVACR technology program at HVCC are also eligible for the Johnson Controls Future Hires Program. Every year, Johnson Controls can select up to five students from each CareerConnect partner school to participate. These students receive tuition aid and become Johnson Controls employees upon program graduation.
“Through this partnership, our students will receive advanced training from leaders in the HVAC field,” said Joe Sarubbi, chair, building systems technology department, Hudson Valley Community College. “This will put them among the best graduates the industry has to offer.”
The overall goal of CareerConnect is to meet the growing needs of the HVAC industry by increasing the number of skilled HVAC program graduates entering the workforce. According to employment projections reported by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the total number of HVAC-related skilled trade positions will jump from 291,000 in 2006 to more than 317,000 by 2016. An aging workforce and an increasing demand for cost-effective and efficient facilities all contribute to the increasing need for HVAC program graduates.
“In addition to developing the kind of talent we look for in professional service technicians, we are also gaining access to the talent needed to run and grow our business,” said Paul Merrill, service branch manager, Johnson Controls. “Through CareerConnect and the Future Hires Program, Johnson Controls is taking action to meet the needs of our ever-growing service business.”
The CareerConnect program also exemplifies the company’s dedication to the communities in which it serves. Through its local network of service professionals, Johnson Controls offers a team of experts and a range of service solutions designed to improve facility performance and keep customer facilities running right.
To date, HVCC is one of eight partnerships that Johnson Controls has established with community colleges in North America for inclusion in CareerConnect. Colleges are evaluated based on school and program demographics including diversity statistics, curriculum and ability to modify it, geographic areas served, enrollments, placement statistics, strategies, and its relationship with Johnson Controls.
About Hudson Valley Community College
Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 70 degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and workforce and academic preparation programs offered through the Educational Opportunity Center. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has more than 60,000 alumni.
About Johnson Controls
Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) is the global leader that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and travel. By integrating technologies, products and services, we create smart environments that redefine the relationships between people and their surroundings. Our team of 140,000 employees creates a more comfortable, safe and sustainable world through our products and services for more than 200 million vehicles, 12 million homes and one million commercial buildings. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com.
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