Shurtape Technologies launched its Mission: HVAC Educating for Success program for the third year with three new students, selected among applicants from technical schools nationwide. The students will receive 10 HVAC-themed missions that will challenge them to conduct research, network with HVAC professionals, and interview experts in the field. Their findings will then be compiled and shared in the form of blog posts on Shurtape’s educational website, TapeUniversity.com. Each student who completes all 10 missions will be rewarded with $5,000 to put toward the cost of their education and position them for success as they enter the workforce.

“This program was created to address the stigma around skilled trades and to shed light on the training and dedication required to become an HVAC professional,” said Glenn Walter, product marketing manager for building and construction tapes at Shurtape. “Many of today’s HVAC professionals are nearing retirement age, and with replacements becoming increasingly difficult to find, it is essential to train new professionals in this rewarding field. We also hope to take off some of the financial burden of earning a technical education for these students as they grow in their knowledge of the industry and gain experience that will be paramount to their success in the workforce.”

This year’s students are:

Aaron Rademacher, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, Mich.

Rademacher grew up on construction sites. His father is an electrician and his grandfather, a foreman over construction crews. He has a long track record of leadership roles, from football team captain to volunteering at his church, and decided to go into the HVAC field because he loves serving others and being a part of a family-oriented business.

Gustavo Nunez, San Jacinto College, Pasadena, Texas

Nunez served for more than nine years in the U.S. Army and aspires to open his own HVAC business that will focus on hiring veterans from all branches of service. He is passionate about serving others and is excited to pursue his dream of owning his own business.

Chris Caldwell, Southern Union State Community College, Opelika, Ala.

Caldwell got his start as a mechanic at a bowling alley when he was just 14 years old. His experience as a mechanic helped him get a job in HVAC, and he enjoyed it so much that he decided to pursue a technical education to advance in the company, aspiring to meet his goal of becoming a traveling technician.