Thanks to connections between the Lancaster County Career & Technology Center (LCCTC) and local business and professional associations, HVAC/R students at Brownstown campus have a new, modern oil boiler to augment their training. The new boiler was donated on February 26 by Energy Kinetics, a heating and hot water systems manufacturer headquartered in Lebanon, NJ. The connection for the donation was facilitated by the Southeastern PA chapter of Oil & Energy Service Professionals (OESP). Brian Kiernan, Territory Manager of Pennsylvania, Virginia, and DC, for Energy Kinetics, and Scott Ansel of Meyer Oil Company, Cleona, PA, and president of the Southeast PA Chapter of OESP participated in the donation.
“The new boiler will be an excellent model to train the HVAC students. This will let them train on the same type of equipment that they will see when they are out on the job,” HVAC/R Instructor Michael Arnt said. He continued saying that supplies costs are a significant factor in determining the specific hands-on work that is done in class. He said that donations of materials like the new boiler make a huge difference in the overall education of the students in his class.
Mark Smith, Mid-Atlantic Region Territory Manager with Advanced Fuel Solutions, Inc., North Andover, MA, an active member of OESP said that promoting education and making connections between businesses and the trade schools is one of the principal missions of OESP.
“It’s all about helping the schools ensure that the students exiting their programs are properly trained on equipment that they are most likely to see in the field,” Smith said. “We have been working with the LCCTC to fulfill this donation request for about a year. It can take time, but the outcome of these donations benefits everyone involved – the donating business, the CTE school, the students. It’s all worth the time.”