Ranken Technical College has responded to the need for specialized training for technicians in the workforce. Over the past decade, the Major Appliance and HVACR (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration) industries have widely adopted electronic integration into their systems, which has necessitated industry specific certifications and education. These changes occur at a time when there is already a growing gap in the supply and demand of skilled workers and Ranken is the only school in the St. Louis region that offers students the opportunity to earn dual degrees in these areas with only an additional semester of enrollment.

Mehmet Dinceroglu is one of those students. Mehmet graduated in May 2019 with dual associate degrees in HVAC Technology and Major Appliance Technology.  He is employed by DLT Properties, a family-owned property management company, as a maintenance technician.

Gary Bick, HVAC instructor, tells us “Mehmet had a very strong HVAC/Appliance background and he progressed very well through each subject. I had to keep plenty of material in front of him. He also would assist his fellow students if he saw they were struggling and help them figure it out. Mehmet was a pleasure to work with in my class.”

At the SkillsUSA 2019 SkillsUSA National Conference, Mehmet placed first in the Major Appliance and Refrigeration Technology category. He and the other contenders analyzed and diagnosed service issues on refrigerators, washers, dryers, ranges, microwave ovens and dishwashers, demonstrated brazing abilities, participated in interviews, and were tested on a series of other learning exercise. In addition, Mehmet was also awarded tools and several other prizes including a $500 stipend for representing Ranken at the national conference.

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