The UCF students had the opportunity to attend the 2010 Winter Conference last week. They kicked off the week with the Student Breakfast followed by the Student Program on Sunday morning. They were first welcomed by ASHRAE President Gordon Holness. Awards were then presented to the 2009 Student Competition winners. Brandi Lewis represented the 2008-2009 UCF System Design Team and accepted their third place award. The students were then given tips on “How to Sell Yourself in a Down Economy” and Dale Carnegie strategies were used to get the students out of their seats and interacting with each other as a way to practice interview and communication skills. Lastly, a career panel consisting of a variety of industry professionals, including our very own Rich King, was available to answer the student’s questions about job hunting, work ethic and the industry in general. UCF student, Larry Stoff found this open discussion the most useful, “I got a really good idea of what the industry is like now, how to approach getting a job in this economy, and what employers are looking for. I feel that I am now more equipped to proceed in seeking employment in the HVAC industry.”
That afternoon, the students had the opportunity to tour the site of the 2010 Student Design Competition project, Florida Hospital Ginsburg Tower. They were led by TLC’s Mark Costello through the building’s central energy plant and got a better idea of the layout of the facility and size of mechanical systems.
Due to the huge success of the OCPS Teach-In Day last semester, we will be teaming up with USGBC’s Robyn Dowsey to put on another Teach-In day event at a Lake County Elementary School. This event will focus on Sustainability, teaching the children about global warming and conservation strategies. We plan on visiting first and second graders at the end of the month. If you are interested in helping, email firstname.lastname@example.org.