To address the growing need for a skilled technical workforce, Ranken Technical College offers a variety of seminars designed to help technicians stay up to date on the latest skills and technology in their industry and refine their skills. These seminar programs are specially designed to meet the needs of tradesmen who want to advance their career or make a career change.

John Russell received his 2006 Universal HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) Certification through Ranken’s Advanced and Continuing Education Division. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires this certification for all HVAC technicians working with the refrigerants found in many types of HVAC/R units. John is currently the Lead Maintenance Technician for UE Management, servicing dozens of multi-family properties in St. Louis. He has spent the last 32 years working in property maintenance.

Supervisor, Alex Rodriguez, Property Manager for UE Management, explains “John has been a tremendous asset to the property management team. In the short six months he has been with us he has proven himself time and again. John fields several work orders a day generated by tenants or the owners of multi-family buildings. We are pleased with his positive attitude and strong work ethic, and he has quickly gained our confidence in projects large and small.”

John’s wide scope of expertise in plumbing, HVAC, and electrical, combined with his professional and friendly disposition with tenants, makes him a valued employee in his field. John tells us, “[Universal HVAC Certification] has helped me get better paying jobs.”

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