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The Home Depot Foundation Partners with Home Builders Institute to Expand Trades Training Program into High Schools

On September 24, 2019, as part of its effort to fill the growing skilled labor gap in the United States, The Home Depot Foundation announced it is partnering with the Home Builders Institute (HBI) to launch a youth trades training program. The effort is part of the Foundation’s $50 million commitment to train 20,000 skilled tradespeople. HBI students at a Home Depot Foundation classroom. Photo courtesy of The Home Depot. “Our goal is to offer… Read More

HARDI Hires Syretta Williams as New Manager of Training and HR Solutions, Promotes Nick Benton

Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) is pleased to announce the addition of Syretta Williams as the new Manager of Training and HR Solutions. Syretta Williams Williams comes from over 12 years of experience in analyzing, designing, developing, implementing and evaluating training programs and courses. Throughout her career she has facilitated one-on-one training, large classroom seminars, virtual and blended training, writing training manuals and guides, and providing quality assurance gap analysis. She has trained… Read More

J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College Granted HVAC Excellence Accreditation

J.F. Drake State Community and Technical College in Huntsville, Alabama has been granted accreditation of their Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) program, by HVAC Excellence. Left to right: Robert Grissim, Director of Workforce Development; Lou Vendrell M.A. CMHE, (HVAC Excellence); back left Dr. Nicole Bell, Ed.D., Assistant Dean of Instruction; left front Lesley Shotts, Accreditation Liaison; Dr. James Crisp, Ph.D. (HVAC Excellence): front Dr. Patricia Sims, Ed.D., President; Casey… Read More

HVAC/R Leader NAVAC Introduces World’s Highest Capacity Cordless Vacuum Pump

NAVAC, the world’s largest supplier of HVAC vacuum pumps in addition to a wide array of tools, gauges, charging machines, recovery units and other industry-specific items, has introduced the world’s highest capacity cordless vacuum pump. Suitable for residential and light commercial applications, the new NP4DLM can achieve a flow rate of 4 cubic feet per minute (cfm), among other attributes. The model is the third unit in the groundbreaking BreakFree Series™ of cordless HVAC tools. Read More
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