Carrier Supports HVAC-R Academy at Royal Palm Beach Community High School to Help Develop the Next Generation of HVAC Professionals

The Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, Inc. and the Palm Beach County Schools Department of Choice & Career Options are pleased to announce that Carrier has awarded a 1-year grant in support of Royal Palm Beach Community High School’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Academy (HVAC-R). The HVAC-R Academy is a four- year sequence of high school courses combining core academics with specialized training required for journeyman level employment in the HVAC-R industry. The program prepares students for post-secondary success through hands on training, credentialing programs and apprenticeships.

James S. Gavrilos, President & CEO of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County stated, “Today more than ever before we need to provide opportunities for young people for high paying career pathways that don’t always require a college degree. Clearly HVAC is a career with a future in South Florida, and the support of Carrier will make sure that the students in Palm Beach County have state-of-the-art equipment on which to train. Carrier’s commitment to public education and our community goes far beyond their financial support and contributions of equipment. Mark Thompson, Vice President, Secretary & Deputy Legal Officer at Carrier is one of the most engaged members of our Board of Directors. Carrier is leading the way by committing time, talent and treasure to the students of Palm Beach County. This is the future, and we are proud to partner with Carrier to get there!”

Serving over 60 students, Royal Palm Beach Community High School’s HVAC-R Academy offers an integrated learning environment designed to provide students an opportunity to begin a pathway to prepare for post-secondary education and careers in the HVAC-R industry. Funding will be used to support upgrading the Academy’s equipment and securing program supplies integral to student success. Additionally, Carrier generously donated state of the art HVAC units for students to gain hands-on practical experience in preparation for their industry certification exams and is establishing a mentoring program for the students. The program will focus on creating pathways to apprenticeships and career opportunities for graduating students.

“We are beyond grateful for this newly formed partnership between Carrier and Royal Palm Beach High School. Carrier is generously providing our HVAC students with the tools necessary to master the HVAC curriculum and afford them an opportunity for future success in the heating and cooling industry. None of this would be possible without the support of the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County. The Education Foundation's unwavering and tireless work for the students of our school district is invaluable and, certainly, much appreciated”, stated Dr. Jesus Armas, Principal at Royal Palm Beach Community High School.

“At Carrier, we understand the importance of developing the next generation of technicians in the HVAC industry, and we’re proud to support Royal Palm Beach Community High School’s HVAC-R Academy,” said Thompson. “This program is creating pathways for students in the industry right here in Palm Beach County, home of Carrier’s world headquarters.”

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Carrier presents HVAC Units to the principal, teacher and students of the
Royal Palm Beach Community High School HVAC-R Academy.