Johnson Controls Inc. has teamed up with DeKalb Technical College in Clarkston, Ga., to attract and groom the next generation of HVAC service technicians through the CareerConnect program.
this national program, Johnson Controls donates resources and tools to select
partnering schools to enhance the program curriculum. The company’s
contributions to DeKalb Technical College will include learning materials,
instruction from industry experts, faculty development opportunities and
community relations outreach.
Johnson Controls will also
team with the school through career fairs, recruiting events and other
initiatives to increase awareness of the career opportunities available to
skilled technicians. The market value of the CareerConnect program to DeKalb
Technical College is more than $15,000 over three years.
Students enrolled in DeKalb’s air-conditioning and commercial refrigeration
program and the associate of applied science degree program are also eligible
for the Johnson Controls Future Hires Program. This opportunity provides
exceptional students with tuition aid and a guaranteed job with Johnson
Controls upon graduation. Up to five students from each CareerConnect partner
school are selected annually.
“The partnership is beneficial
to both the school and the students,” said Jeryll McWhorter, air-conditioning
technology instructor at DeKalb Technical College. “We gain access to
cutting-edge learning materials and some of our most promising students receive
an employment offer with the industry’s global leader, Johnson
The overall goal of CareerConnect is to meet the
growing needs of the HVACR industry by increasing the number of skilled program
graduates entering the work force.
“These programs allow
Johnson Controls to develop a pipeline of recruits to meet the needs of our
growing service business,” said Peter Geist, service branch manager for Johnson
Controls. “In addition, we shorten our recruiting cycle, reduce our recruiting
costs and benefit from increased productivity of new hires.”
date, DeKalb Technical College is one of 10 CareerConnect partnerships that
Johnson Controls has established with community colleges in North America.
Johnson Controls selects college for training program
September 1, 2008