Bethany J. Royer
Editor’s Note: This is part three of a continuing series on donations and the Upper Valley Career Center. Part one ran Saturday, Nov. 30 and part two ran Saturday, Dec. 7.
PIQUA — Walking towards the HVACR (Heating/ventilation/air conditioning/refrigeration technologies) classroom at the Upper Valley Career Center, Terry Krogman, instructional supervisor, explained how the program has been ranked number one in both the state and nation over the last ten years.
Upon entry to the classroom one gets a hint as to why the program is so esteemed, as Krogman pointed out the $50,000 in donated equipment and spoke of the $200,000 provided in part to a close relationship with Emerson/Copeland, among other benefactors. “We’re in the process of using that money, in appropriate ways, to benefit the program.”
The HVACR instructor, Scott Naill, echoed his thankful sentiments on the six-figure grant provided through the Emerson foundation that has also been used as an aid in marketing, “We’re very fortunate to have employers support the program.” Further elaborating on how the department will sit down twice a year to figure out what to do with the funds while providing information on Emerson public relations firm. The latter an imperative to the program given they have provided what the instructor states is a great deal of pro-bono marketing, such as brochures, with his thanks directed towards Joanna Thompson, executive director and vice president, for her devoted time and energy to the program.
“I can’t even put a value on that,” continued Naill before pointing out the equipment that includes a functioning geothermal system, easily a $25,000 to $30,000 donation, according to the instructor. “We’re the only program in the state that has a functioning closed loop system.”
When asked as to how a company may benefit from such donations to a school program, Naill explained it is everything from marketing of equipment to preparing the next generation of staff.
“It’s smart on their part to get their name out there,” said Naill. “They see it as value-added. Upfront it is going to cost them but in the long run it will help them.”
This in turn benefits the students, becoming familiar with equipment that may lead to apprenticeships with associated companies which can turn into full time employment. Some students even go so far as to take their experience and education at UVCC to four year universities to become engineers.
Stay tuned …