Home Builders, Gateway team up to benefit graduates of Enzweiler programs in HVAC, plumbing


The Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky’s Enzweiler Building Institute has formed a partnership with Gateway Community and Technical College (Gateway) to benefit graduates of their program advance faster through Gateway’s Associates Degree programming. 

“We are very pleased to announce the articulation of our Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program with Gateway’s related HVAC course of study,” said Brian Miller, executive vice president of the local trade association. 

“This agreement will allow graduates of our program to earn over 25 hours of college credit.  This meets many of the goals of the Governor’s dual credit education systems.  We expect this to be the first of many courses that we offer to articulate with our partners at Gateway.  This is a real win-win for both the Enzweiler Building Institute and Gateway, but the real winner is our industry.

Students gain hands-on experience at the Enzweiler Building Institute's HVAC lab (Photo provided)

Students gain hands-on experience at the Enzweiler Building Institute’s HVAC lab (Photo provided)

“We need to grow our workforce by 2,500 new jobs in Greater Cincinnati and replace an anticipated 42,000 workers, managers and company owners that are due to retire in the next ten years.”

Miller said if the trends continue NKY will experience the largest workforce shortage in construction since immediately following World War II. 

This partnership with Gateway will allow Enzweiller graduates to take advantage of an outstanding opportunity to attend Gateway, he said, and enroll in courses that will equip them to be the managers and company owners we will need in the very near future.
“We are pleased to partner with the Home Builder Association of Northern Kentucky,” said Ric Bowen, Gateway HVAC and plumbing program coordinator.  “By working together, we can attract and prepare new talent for the construction industry in high demand, high wage careers.”
Classes for the 2016-2017 Enzweiler Building Institute are open for enrollment now.

Two-year HVAC and Plumbing classes are registered with the state and provide one-year advancement towards licensure.  Electric courses run four years and reduce the work requirement for state licensure by two years. 

Classes begin September 6th and are taught two evenings per week; designed to allow for workers to earn on the job hours, a paycheck and classroom/lab instruction in the evening.  There is a discount of $100 for enrollment and payment in full by September 6th. To learn more about the Institute please contact Shawn Cox, Director of Professional Development at 859-331-9500 or scox@hbanky.com.
For more information about the HVAC or Plumbing Technology  programs at Gateway, contact Ric Bown at 859-442-1116 or ric.bowen@kctcs.edu. Classes begin August 15.



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