April 18, 2008
Jump start your future by training for hot careers in the Franklin County job market through the Gettysburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College.

Starting this fall, HACC will offer certificate and diploma programs in Electrical Technology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center, 2463 Loop Road, Chambersburg. Students can apply credits earned toward completing an associate in applied science degree at the Harrisburg Campus.

"The career outlook (for HVAC and Electrical Technology) is good for both women and men because qualified technicians are hard to find," says HACC Technology Department Chair Ed Burns, adding trades careers are rewarding and lucrative.

Gerry Farmer, a HACC instructor for the Electrical Technology program, says those who pursue this career should be "team players." Curiosity is another desirable characteristic, he adds. "You are always a student because the electrical trade is always changing."

Students in school today "have great advancement potential as employees willing to take the time and effort to stay on the cutting edge of their trade. Likewise, companies are always looking for trainable, motivated people who take the initiative," adds instructor Jason Van Hines, himself a graduate of a HACC trades program.

Whether you are a dislocated worker, are unemployed or underemployed, or looking to make a career change, HACC is an excellent place to find high-quality education at an affordable price. You can pursue a career in a growing trade profession while earning college credits right in your own backyard. Choose from evening and weekend classes.

To find out if either HVAC or Electrical Technology is a good career choice for you, plan on attending an open house at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center (FCCTC) campus in Chambersburg. Meet with admissions counselors, learn about program requirements and find out about financial options for fall classes that start Aug. 18.

An RSVP is suggested, but not required. For more information, for directions to the FCCTC or to reserve a seat, call Katie Kough, Assistant Dean of Student Services at the Gettysburg Campus, at 337-3855, ext. 3007.

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