Through its CareerConnect program, Johnson Controls donates resources and tools to partnering schools to simulate the work environment and enhance the HVAC program curriculum. Currently, eight schools participate in the CareerConnect program: Greenville Tech (Greenville, S.C.); Dunwoody College of Technology (Minneapolis); Milwaukee Area Technical College (Milwaukee); GateWay Community College (Phoenix); City Colleges of Chicago (Chicago); Oklahoma State University-Okmulgee (Okmulgee, Okla.); Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (Edmonton, Alberta); and Hudson Valley Community College (Troy, N.Y.).
Students selected to participate in the Future Hires Program will receive tuition aid to put toward their second year educational costs. Graduates will work in one of six technical positions with Johnson Controls. Some students may be required to relocate for their position and will receive a relocation package. Once in their positions, participants can expect additional training to continue their professional growth.
“We hope to attract more talent to the HVAC field by investing in promising students,” said Steve Sloane, vice president of North American service operations, Johnson Controls. “Our primary goal is to increase the number of skilled service professionals entering the workforce and joining the Johnson Controls team.”
An increased demand to transform buildings into smart environments has contributed to the growing need for service technicians. FHP students will be selected by spring 2008 and are scheduled to join the technical workforce in 2009.