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Lennox Donates Seven Units to ACT Program

Friday, May 10, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

ACT-LennoxTexas State Technical College Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology (ACT) Program Director Ruben De La Rosa got a nice surprise this week.

Lennox, a global air conditioning and heating company, donated seven units to the ACT program worth $18,920 on Monday in what De La Rosa called “a blessing from above.”

The units will be used to train students in trouble shooting and how the unit operates. Trouble shooting is the use of meters and gauges to figure out where a malfunction has occurred.

 “This is a big help to our program,” De La Rosa said. “These units will help us better prepare our students for the workforce when they graduate from here.”

Lennoz donated four large package units, which are traditionally found on roofs of convenient stores or restaurants, two air handlers which go inside buildings and one traditional outdoors unit. De La Rosa said the donation will benefit the program over the next few years.

De La Rosa has a budget of $15,000 per school year making it nearly impossible for him to purchase these many units at once.

“I might be able to buy one of these every two years,” De La Rosa said.

De La Rosa said graduates of the ACT program will be better prepared because of this donation.

 “We don’t want our students to be part changers,” De La Rosa said. “When our students go into the workforce and are on the field, they’ll be able to see a unit and figure out what’s wrong with it.”

De La Rosa added: “When our graduates are on the field, they won’t be in shock when they come across the different kind of units. A lot of graduates (from elsewhere) might come across some equipment that they’ve never seen. Our graduates work with real equipment here and this donation has made it easier for our students to train.”

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