Thanks to a multi-year, $100,000 donation from UGI Utilities, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) students at Lancaster County Career and Technology Center (CTC) in Brownstown have an opportunity to specialize in installing, troubleshooting and repairing natural gas-powered machines. UGI provided the funds so the program could purchase specialized heating and cooling equipment.
The new equipment was on full display during the Pennsylvania State Skills USA Competition in April at the Brownstown campus. HVAC/R students from technical high schools throughout the state participated in the event. Local business leaders served as judges.
Anthony Gillespie, executive director of the Lancaster County Career and Technology Foundation, said UGI’s support “is making an incredible difference in technical preparation of the students in the program.”
HVAC instructor Michael Arnt said the new equipment gives students – currently there are 16 in advanced placement internships – real-world experience and a leg up in their future profession. “Most often the internship results in full-time employment upon graduation from the program,” he said.