Last month TACCA Regional Director Allison Hale and Executive Director Devorah Jakubowsky took a visit to Windham School District students in Gatesville. Windham School District provides a variety of academic classes and Career and Technical Education, along with behavioral change programs, to incarcerated offenders. The students TACCA visited are inmates in the women’s prison who are in the HVAC program to gain skills that will help them become employed upon release.
On this day, we were there as observers to hear presentations from Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations (TDLR). TDLR Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Chief Bill Weatherly gave an overview of contractor licensing and the laws and rules that are the foundation for getting registered, certified or licensed. Trevor Theilen, Prosecutor in TDLR’s Enforcement Division spoke about the requirements for obtaining registration, specifically as pertains to the criminal background check, how to accurately complete the application, and the parameters that cause an application to warrant further investigation. He fielded many good questions and left the students feeling positive about their ability to be registered as technicians when they are ready to enter the workforce.
With the workforce issues we face as an industry, what roles could you see these students play in an HVAC company?
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