July 28, 2023
ASSOCIATION WILL EXPAND HVAC & ENERGY TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES TO PA MILITARY VETERANS
MIDDLETOWN, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association (PPA) has announced a new partnership with Hire Heroes USA employment network. The PPA is a not-for-profit trade association representing independent petroleum marketers.
Hire Heroes USA partners with businesses across the United States to create and communicate training and employment opportunities for military veterans and spouses as they transition to civilian careers.
PPATEC, PPA’s training arm, currently offers a 10-Week HVAC & Energy Professional Program that offers a curriculum tailored to give Pennsylvania’s veterans the baseline skills needed to secure a job in the heating, ventilation, & air conditioning (HVAC) and deliverable fuels industry.
By joining the Hire Heroes USA network, PPATEC program opportunities will be communicated to an even wider audience across the Commonwealth.
The 10-Week program offers veterans a significant advantage. PPATEC has been formally approved by the Veterans Administration (VA) to accept GI Bill benefits (payment) from veteran attendees. This designation now allows PPATEC to enroll a veteran and have their tuition expense paid for through the GI Bill®.
PPATEC also has a separate scholarship program to assist veterans and other students in completing the program with lower — or zero — out-of-pocket costs.
“Our organization is working to offer our veterans something in addition to gratitude: an opportunity for a secure future,” said Ted Harris, PPA’s Executive Vice President. “Partnering with Hire Heroes USA will boost the signal to more Pennsylvania veterans, making these opportunities more available to more people.”
Program graduates have an immediate path to a well-compensated career — the average HVAC/energy tech salary in Pennsylvania is $54,740. They also benefit from a pipeline to the workplace: PPA’s network of 400 member companies – many of whom are continually seeking qualified HVAC technicians.
Qualified candidates are highly sought in the industry, where the average HVAC/energy technician is now 50+ years old. Currently, 2,000+ positions are open across the state.
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About PPATEC Based in Middletown, Pa., PPATEC is the technical education center for the Pennsylvania Petroleum Association (PPA). The training offerings available through PPATEC are specifically tailored for energy marketers in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. Member companies contribute to coursework to help design training programs that offer students a direct, hands-on learning experience that results in strengthening the professional skills of their employees and ensure they maintain proper industry certification.