ROCKLEDGE, FL — QwikProducts®
, the heating, ventilation and air conditioning/refrigeration (HVAC/R) product division of research and development firm Mainstream Engineering
, announced a partnership with the Home Builders Institute
(HBI), the workforce development arm of the National Association of Home Builders
(NAHB), according to a press release.
The partnership offers specialized HVAC/R and building maintenance training/certifications from QwikProducts'' website
to students in HBI Job Corps programs
, the release noted.
Under contract with the U.S. Department of Labor
(DOL), HBI operates Job Corps programs in 41 states and provides hands-on training to more than 3,000 at-risk youth, the release stated.
According to the release, the partnership concentrates on 200 students enrolled in facilities maintenance trades training — one of eight trades offered at HBI Job Corps programs across the country.
"This partnership increases awareness with students we might not attract through our conventional HVAC/R channels," said Ross Soyka, commercial sales and marketing manager for Mainstream Engineering, which recently created its Trade School Division (TSD) to provide training/certification, aftermarket products and educational support to U.S. HVAC/R trade schools.
"This classroom training gives students confidence in their abilities and helps take out the mystique of the hands-on training. It''s a win/win situation for Mainstream Engineering, HBI and its students," Soyka added.