Representatives of the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, which established its first student chapter at the Pennsylvania College of Technology in 2003, recently visited to improve this connection to the campus.
ACCA is a national trade association representing the interests of the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry by providing educational programs, training and information to a network of member contractors and by developing a variety of industry standards.
“Penn College is home to one of ACCA’s earliest and most active student chapters,” said Sean Robertson, vice president of membership organization and business operations. “We were delighted to tour the college’s newly expanded labs and discuss all the ways ACCA can support member schools, including full membership access for students at no additional cost.”
Student chapter members have access to ACCA staff and other members for networking, continuing education, and on-site engagement/introductions; the ACCA Career Center; the student/teacher forum for member schools; workforce development resources; internship opportunities with member contractors; and discounted registration for trainings and conferences.
Robertson was joined by Matt Levinson, Membership Services Coordinator, and Shelly Matter, who sits on the ACCA Membership Committee and is Director of Business Development for HB McClure (a Penn College Corporate Tomorrow Maker partner).
Joining them on the tour were Ellyn A. Lester, associate dean of building technology and architecture; Jason W. Killinger, assistant professor and department head for HVAC technology; and fellow professors Marc E. Bridgens, associate professor of HVAC technology, and Kenneth E. Welker Jr., plumbing and heating instructor.
“Our students have benefited greatly from our continued relationship over the years, but now – after meeting Sean, Matt and Shelly – we have had the opportunity to build an even stronger relationship with ACCA,” said Lester. “The activities we planned at our meeting will help our teachers and students for many years to come. I can’t wait to see the results!
These discussions focused on how to enhance the value of Penn College’s ACCA membership; the college partnership for certification in air conditioning, heating and refrigeration; development of a commercial HVAC laboratory; new products influencing the direction of the industry; Opportunities for ACCA events for faculty and students and increased engagement with their partner entrepreneurs; and provide more ACCA resources for students and their college school.
“We greatly appreciate ACCA’s commitment to Penn College,” said Chris S. Macdonald, associate director of corporate relations. “The resources and networking opportunities they provide give our students an edge in accessing rewarding careers in the HVAC industry. We look forward to the continuation of this partnership and welcome further engagement with the ACCA team and industry partners. »