University of Iowa Starts HVAC Registered Apprenticeship Program

Iowa Workforce Development Communications
For Immediate Release
Date: September 18, 2018
Contact: Cory Kelly
Email:  cory.kelly@iwd.iowa.gov

IOWA CITY, IOWA – The University of Iowa in Iowa City and the IowaWORKS Center in Cedar Rapids, together with the U.S. Department of Labor/Office of Apprenticeship, launched a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) Registered Apprenticeship Program.

A Registered Apprenticeship is employer-driven training combined with on-the-job learning and related classroom instruction. The program allows the Registered Apprentice to earn a paycheck from day one while learning. The HVAC Registered Apprenticeship is a four-year program with the classroom training provided through ABC of Iowa Apprenticeship and Training Trust.

Carrie Mahon, a human resources generalist for the University of Iowa – Facilities Management, said they decided to offer a Registered Apprenticeship Program because their operation wanted to provide the necessary on-the-job training for this highly essential skill here on the University of Iowa campus.

“We are extremely excited to offer this opportunity for the first time!” Mahon said. “The Registered Apprentices will be trained on how to maintain and repair the university’s extensive HVAC systems.”

Three individuals were hired as Registered Apprentices in the HVAC program: Hunter Smith, Charles Gerace and Brian Marshall. Gerace said he is honored to be selected for the program.

“So far everyone has been extremely helpful through the whole process,” Gerace said. “If I have a question or need help finding something or someone, there isn’t a shortage of people to help figure out and assist. I am extremely grateful I received the opportunity to be one of the first people to be part of it!”

Marshall is equally appreciative.

“I'm excited for the opportunity to learn a trade and do something where my effort makes an impact on the day-to-day lives of so many people.”

Registered Apprenticeship Programs help recruit, develop a skilled workforce and retain talent. There are currently more than 1,000 apprentice able occupations in industries that include energy, information technology, healthcare, financial services, transportation, advanced manufacturing, food and beverage preparation, and the building trades.

Businesses interested in learning more about Registered Apprenticeship opportunities can visit the earnandlearniowa.gov website and complete a form to receive more information. 

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