Shurtape Technologies, LLC, a leading producer of pressure-sensitive tapes, is seeking up to three HVAC students to participate in the third year of its Mission: HVAC, Educating for Success program. Through this program, students will apply their classroom learnings and real-life experiences to complete themed missions and will earn cash to put toward their educational expenses.
Mission: HVAC was introduced in 2015 in response to the industry’s growing concern over the future of the skilled trades. Baby Boomers continue to retire with few replacements, leaving a void in the industry. Meanwhile, employers seek replacements with trade education, but the costs of that education can be high.
So, Shurtape set out on a mission to educate for success through its Mission: HVAC program. Over the course of 10 months, three students – selected via an application process of students from technical schools nationwide – will complete 10 HVAC-themed missions that will require them to conduct research, interview HVAC pros and meet with industry experts, and then compile that knowledge into blog posts on Shurtape’s tape education-focused website, TapeUniversity.com. And, they will be rewarded for their participation in the program and completion of all 10 missions with $5,000 each to put toward the cost of their education and help prepare them for future employment.
“Forget the stigmas that HVAC is a dirty, dead-end job. We’ve learned a lot from the students we’ve worked with over the past two years of the Mission: HVAC program. In particular, we’ve been able to see, through their eyes, that the HVAC field has a lot to offer as a career path – hands-on work, job security, advancement potential and so much more,” said Glenn Walter, product manager for building and construction tapes at Shurtape. “But, that success can come with a price as potential employers often demand a quality educational background, which can be costly. Mission: HVAC seeks to shed some light on HVAC as a career path, highlight the hard work applied to getting a technical education, and for three lucky students, ease some of the financial burden of getting that education.”
Stay tuned at TapeUniversity.com to meet the 2017 Mission: HVAC students – and to follow their journeys. Interested HVAC students may apply online by February 3, 2017, at Shurtape.com/MissionHVAC.