Elgin Community College Sets the Bar of Excellence in HVAC & Refrigeration

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Elgin Community College Sets the Bar of Excellence in HVAC & Refrigeration


Byline: Elgin Community College

Students enrolled in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) program at Elgin Community College stood head and shoulders above the rest in a statewide competition held April 28 and 29 in Springfield.

Alex Ginkel of Greenwood won a gold medal in the sheet metal division, and David Valdez of Roscoe won gold in the HVACR division at the 53rd annual State Leadership and Skills Conference at SkillsUSA Illinois. Two other ECC students, Monico Perez and Jose Francisco Rocha Tapia, both of Elgin, won fifth and 12th place, respectively, in the HVACR competition.

The students competed in the architecture and carpentry cluster of SkillsUSA, which is a showcase of career and technical education (CTE) students from around the state. More than 1,000 CTE students compete hands-on in 100 different trade, technical and leadership fields. Students have a certain amount of time to demonstrate their level of expertise in various occupations such as electronics, computer-aided drafting, precision machining, and more.

ECC Team Coach Steven "Woody" Woods said the students trained every Saturday since January, and some even gave up time during the week to train on their own. As a member of the ECC faculty team and a practitioner in the HVACR industry, Woods said the students demonstrated a sincere level of commitment during training. …

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