Thursday, October 28, 2021
Students at MPS Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education now have access to training and college credits to prepare for careers in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) field. Generous support from Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and Johnson Controls, through the MPS Foundation, have contributed to the construction of a new HVAC lab. The HVAC field, along with other skilled trades, is a high-demand area for jobs, offering excellent salaries and career growth.
MPS and MATC have partnered to develop a curriculum to train students for HVAC industry certification and become eligible for high-paying jobs upon graduation. The program includes dual enrollment at MATC, allowing students to earn free college credits. Students who successfully complete the program can earn up to 16 credits—a full semester at MATC.
A generous equipment donation from Johnson Controls will allow students to train using the latest high-tech tools and modern equipment for in-demand jobs. Johnson Controls is investing $15 million at community colleges over five years to expand college associate degree and certificate programs in HVAC, fire and security, and digital building automation systems across the United States.
The Johnson Controls investment includes the hiring of a success coach dedicated to both Obama High School and traditional MATC students training in HVAC. Students will receive real-world experience, internship opportunities, and professional connections.
MPS is grateful to partners MATC and Johnson Controls for their investment in helping to prepare students for successful careers after graduation.
Barack Obama School of Career and Technical Education is located at 5075 N. Sherman Blvd. in Milwaukee.