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KC HVAC Program Accepts Equipment Donation

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Kaskaskia College’s Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) accepted an equipment donation. Pictured are students Chad Johnson (Mulberry Grove), Phil Marcum (Centralia), KC Professor Mark Kohnen, Donald Seeley Jr. (Centralia), Vance Runyon (Kell), Zachary Miller (Centralia), Ryan Mckinstry (Nashville), Josh Flautt (Centralia) and Samuel Williams (New Baden).

Kaskaskia College announced that the Arlington, Va.-based Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) has donated 13 pieces of new equipment, with a retail value of $21,000, for use in its Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program.

According to KC HVAC Professor Mark Kohnen, “The equipment will be a great addition to our program, as it will allow our students to work on rooftop units and residential split systems using modern refrigerants.”

Kohnen explained that he learned about the equipment donation program through AHRI’s Director of Education. After a bit of paperwork. KC had its new equipment.

AHRI (Air Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute) is a one of the larger trade associations in the Nation.

According to Kohnen, AHRI’s tagline, “We Make Life Better,” is particularly appropriate for his program, as “this donation will make life better for the Kaskaskia College HVAC Program and its future students.”

AHRI co-sponsors the annual AHR Expo, the largest HVACR and water heating show in the nation. Kohnen attended the latest show, in January in Chicago, where he met with Lupson and discussed the equipment donation program.

In addition, the AHRI Rees Scholarship Program offers opportunities for students in the HVAC trade. Students can contact Kohnen for more information on how to apply for the scholarships.

AHRI represents more than 300 heating, air conditioning, and commercial refrigeration manufacturers within the global HVACR industry. AHRI’s member companies account for more than 90 percent of the residential and commercial, air conditioning, space heating, water heating, and commercial refrigeration equipment manufactured and sold in North America. AHRI’s globally recognized and industry respected certification program helps equipment and component manufacturers, sell more products, win bids, differentiate themselves from competitors, and comply with government requirements.

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