Altierus Career College Partners With Hobart Service and Houston Area Urban League to Support Employment Diversity in Service Technician Industry

  • Participants Receive Full Education Scholarship and Paid Internship

Three Houston organizations have joined forces to support diversity in the service technician industry by offering free career and technical education training that is coupled with a paid internship and an offer of full-time employment at Hobart Service after successful completion of the program. Program participants receive a scholarship to attend Altierus Career College Houston campus as well as on-the-job experience from Hobart Service, a nationwide leader in the industry. Houston Area Urban League is a sponsor of the initiative.

“We are thrilled to partner with Hobart Service and the Houston Area Urban League to encourage communities of color to become educated and trained in a high-demand field that can lead to a fulfilling career in this ever-expanding industry,” said Leigh Ann Arnold, community engagement director at Altierus. “Together we are offering opportunities that provide pathways to career success and family-sustaining incomes.”

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Fellowship recipients will enroll in the Altierus HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) technician or refrigeration program that is designed to be completed in nine months. During that time, students will participate in a paid internship at Hobart Service, where they will perform preventative maintenance, site surveys, installations and modifications with guidance from Hobart technicians. Program applicants must have a high school diploma or GED and be able to physically perform the job.

“Hobart Service is committed to building a diverse workforce in Houston and across all our locations,” said Garrett Mitchell, human resource generalist with Hobart Service. “We appreciate the opportunity to partner with Altierus and the Houston Area Urban League on this important initiative that will provide access and opportunity to individuals throughout the local area.”

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Hobart Service is a leading nationwide provider of food equipment service with more than 100 branches and 1,500 service technicians in the U.S. and Canada.

“We applaud Altierus and Hobart for developing this partnership, which has the potential to change the lives of these individuals,” said Rommell Williams, program manager for workforce development at the Houston Area Urban League.

Altierus Career College offers diploma and degree programs in the skilled trades and healthcare through innovative learning technology, hands-on training, one-on-one support, and job placement in the industry. It also offers wraparound services such as emergency grants and laptops to support students while they pursue their education.

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