Friday, November 28, 2014

Goppert gift boosts HVAC program

By The Herald Staff | 6/20/2014

The Goppert Foundation has given $100,000 to the Neosho County Community College Foundation to provide a HVAC heating, ventilation and air conditioning program for area high school students, the college announced this week.

The college anticipates a fall start for the HVAC program, which will be located in the existing Eastern Kansas Rural Technology Center in Garnett where Neosho currently has a certified welding program, college officials said. The welding and HVAC programs are open to area high school students, the release said.

The Goppert Foundation has given $100,000 to the Neosho County Community College Foundation to provide a HVAC heating, ventilation and air conditioning program for area high school students, the college announced this week.

The college anticipates a fall start for the HVAC program, which will be located in the existing Eastern Kansas Rural Technology Center in Garnett where Neosho currently has a certified welding program, college officials said. The welding and HVAC programs are open to area high school students, the release said.

Students interested in the HVAC program will be able to obtain a certificate by completing 36 credit hours, Neosho officials said. The HVAC program and the welding program are covered by Senate Bill 155 funds from the state of Kansas, the release said. The purpose of the bill, which went into effect July 1, 2012, is to stimulate growth in career and technical education at the secondary and post-secondary levels in Kansas, according to the Kansas State Department of Education.

A new HVAC instructor will join the current welding instructor at the facility, which will be renamed The Goppert Eastern Kansas Rural Technology Center, college officials said.

Students from Garnett, Ottawa and Wellsville have been involved in the welding program.

The new program was requested by area high schools and will provide classes during the day for high school students and adults interested in the HVAC program, according to the release.

Neosho is grateful to the Goppert Foundation, based in Kansas City, Missouri, for its continued investment in Franklin and Anderson counties, college officials said.

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