The Gaylord branch of Great Lakes Pipe and Supply, owned by parent company Alpena Supply Company, donated a condensing boiler to Kirtland Community College this week to be used for instruction and hands-on training of current and future students in Kirtland’s HVAC/R program.
Bill Kelly, president of Alpena Supply Company, presented the boiler to a group of Kirtland HVAC/R students, instructors and employees. “As we celebrate our 70th year, this is one of many contributions to our communities in an effort to thank customers for their loyal business over the years,” said Kelly. “We recognize the quality of Kirtland’s HVAC program and are excited to contribute equipment that will prepare students for the workforce.”
Gaylord’s Great Lakes Pipe and Supply branch manager, Jim Herzer, was interested in the types of equipment Kirtland uses to train its students. When he assessed Kirtland’s program, he found students training on up-to-date systems and equipment equivalent to what you would find in the field. “The only equipment Kirtland’s HVAC program was lacking was a condensing boiler,” said Herzer. “Because we were looking for ways to give back to celebrate our company’s anniversary, making this donation to complement Kirtland’s existing HVAC training equipment was a perfect fit.”
“The condensing boiler represents the newest technology and energy efficiency available in today’s market and is an excellent, hands-on learning tool for current and future students,” adds Laura Percival, Associate Dean of Occupational Programs for Kirtland. “This piece is really state-of-the-art and employers in the workforce will be excited to find our graduates have experience on equipment representing the future of HVAC.”
Annually, more than 3,000 students attend a variety of occupational, skilled trades, two-year and transfer degree programs at Kirtland’s locations near Roscommon, Kirtland-Gaylord, Kirtland-West Branch and in Tawas. Kirtland also offers a wide range of online courses and degrees, all of which can be completed from home.
To learn more about Kirtland’s veteran-friendly services, programs, advising, testing, financial aid and other services available to students, contact Michelle Devine, Admissions Coordinator, at 989-275-5000 extension 284 or visit http://www.kirtland.edu.