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Johnson Controls Selects Pennsylvania College of Technology for Collaborative HVAC Training Program
Program attracts and grooms building technicians; guarantees jobs for graduates
MILWAUKEE – (September 2008) – In a time when the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) industry is facing a shortage of skilled workers, Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn College, a Penn State affiliate) and Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI) are teaming up to attract and groom the next generation of HVAC technicians.
Through its national program called CareerConnect, Johnson Controls donates resources and equipment to partnering schools to support existing curriculum and simulate the work environment. The company’s contributions to Penn College will include classroom and lab learning materials, instruction from local industry experts and paid internship opportunities. In total, the market value of the CareerConnect program to Penn College is more than $13,000.
Johnson Controls will also participate in community and recruiting events to increase local awareness of career opportunities available to skilled technicians. According to employment projections reported by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, the total number of HVAC-related skilled trade positions is expected to grow nearly 10 percent nationwide by the year 2016. In Pennsylvania alone, there will be 300 new HVAC jobs openings annually.
Students enrolled in key programs at Penn College’s School of Construction and Design Technologies are also eligible for the Johnson Controls Future Hires Program. This opportunity offers select students scholarship money to help mitigate tuition costs and guarantees a technician job with Johnson Controls upon graduation. Up to five students from Penn College can be selected annually for participation.
“Our school and students have a lot to gain from this relationship with Johnson Controls,” said Marc Bridgens, acting dean, School of Construction and Design Technologies. “We gain access to industry leadership and our students can obtain an employment offer with a Fortune 500 company.”
The CareerConnect program reflects the company’s dedication to the communities in which it serves. Through its local network of service professionals, including branches in Harrisburg and others located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, Johnson Controls offers a team of experts and a range of service solutions designed to improve facility performance.
“These programs allow Johnson Controls to meet the needs of our growing service business by investing in promising local talent,” said Chris McNally, Central Pennsylvania Service Branch Manager, Johnson Controls. “We also shorten our recruiting cycle and benefit from increased productivity of our new hires.”
To date, Penn College is one of 14 CareerConnect relationships that Johnson Controls has established throughout North America. 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 Pennsylvania College of Technology
Pennsylvania College of Technology became an affiliate of The Pennsylvania State University in 1989. Prior to the affiliation, it was known as Williamsport Area Community College (1965-89) and Williamsport Technical Institute (1941-65). Programming was first offered on the campus site in 1914, under the auspices of the local school district. Today, Penn College is a special mission affiliate of Penn State, committed to applied technology education. More than 6,500 students are enrolled in the bachelor-degree, associate-degree, and certificate majors, relating to more than 100 different career fields.
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. Our commitment to sustainability drives our environmental stewardship, good corporate citizenship in our workplaces and communities, and the products and services we provide to customers. For additional information, please visit http://www.johnsoncontrols.com/.
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