PPATEC launches workforce development program

October 27, 2022 By    
PPATEC grads

Left to right: PPATEC 2022 graduates Jamal Laster, Cody Wallace, Riley Thomas and Caleb Templin (Photo: PPA)

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association (PPA) launched a 10-week HVAC and Energy Professional Program through its Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Technical Education Center (PPATEC). Built and paid for by PPATEC membership, the inaugural program’s goal is to expand workforce development within the industry.

The program consists of a 400-hour course that includes propane training as well as electric, air conditioning and gas/oil heating curriculum. According to the center, the program offers the opportunity to receive basic hands-on training and industry certifications to use upon graduation.

The program is the result of a multi-year effort that included a building expansion, Pennsylvania Department of Education certification and Veterans Affairs approval.

Graduates of the 10-week program will have access to PPA’s employer network to find career opportunities.

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2022 graduate Jamal Laster with Mark Angle, customer service center manager at Suburban Propane (Photo: PPA)

The four graduates of the initial class successfully completed the training and learning sessions to head straight into the workforce. Graduate Jamal Laster has started his career at Suburban Propane.

In 2023, PPATEC plans to offer two 10-week programs: Jan. 16-March 24 and July 10-Sept. 15. PPATEC will coordinate with its membership to arrange employment opportunities with the program graduates.

The PPA represents more than 400 companies within the energy industry from all of Pennsylvania, where members are actively looking for motivated individuals to join their companies.

About the Author:

Jesse Khalil was an intern at LP Gas magazine.

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