Three HVAC school students have a chance to show off their skills, tell the world about it, and earn $5,000 toward their educations — thanks to Shurtape.
The pressure-sensitive HVAC construction tapes manufacturer is starting the second year of its Mission: HVAC program. Three students selected from community colleges across the U.S. will be challenged to complete 10 industry-related assigns that will have them interviewing industry experts and researching the field. They will compile their findings into blog posts at For completing the challenge, the students will receive $5,000 each for their studies. 

This year’s students:

  • Derick Chandler of Ivy Tech Community College in Columbus, Indiana. Chandler is a military veteran who served eight years in the U.S. Navy.
  • Michael Dermer of Athens Technical College in Athens, Georgia. Dermer is studying HVAC after working for 28 years in the restaurant industry.
  • Jacob Hall of Catawba Valley Community College in Hickory, North Carolina. Hall is studying heating and air conditioning after working in many other construction trades, such as masonry, carpentry and heavy equipment.

“Our Mission: HVAC program was introduced last year in response to the growing concern over the future of the skilled trades, particularly as baby boomers continue to age out of the workforce with very few replacements,” said Glenn Walter, product manager for building and construction tapes at Shurtape Technologies LLC. “The HVAC field has a lot to offer in terms of a career path — and job security — but those entering this workforce need to come armed with a quality educational background to meet the demands of potential employers. And that often comes with a price tag. This program helps to shed some light on the training required to become an HVAC professional, celebrate the students’ hard work and accomplishments, and take off some of the financial burden associated with getting that technical education. We hope our new students bring the same fresh perspective and positive energy to every challenge we give them, just like our three students from Athens Technical College did in 2015.”

The students’ blogs and updates will be posted at www.