The 2004 AHR Expo Innovation Awards were given in eight specific categories to the most innovative products among the thousands on display during the January 2004 AHR Expo in Anaheim. Proceeds from the entry fee of the second annual Awards competition are being donated to the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology (RACT) program at San Joaquin Valley College (SJVC) in Bakersfield, CA.
The $5,350 in scholarship money will benefit RACT students at SJVC as they further develop their skills and train to become certified service technicians in the HVACR industry.
The RACT curriculum and training focuses on diagnostic practices, customer relations, the science of heating and cooling principles, and basic theories of electricity. Students are taught how to operate, maintain and repair residential and commercial equipment. In addition, the program emphasizes hands-on learning so students put their classroom knowledge into immediate practice.
Graduates of the RACT program at SJVC earn an Associate of Science degree, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and HVAC Excellence certification, as well as Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry (ARI) competency testing.
The AHR Expo Innovation Awards Scholarship is presented to a HVACR vocational school in the region of each year's AHR Expo. The 2005 AHR Expo will be in Orlando, FL, February 7-9. For more information, visit www.ahrexpo.com.