Cleaning & Maintenance Management Online

Partnership trains at-risk youths in facilities maintenance

October 22, 2010
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.
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