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2015 HVACR & Mechanical Conference for Education Professionals

Mar 9  -  Mar 11
Baltimore, Maryland

Registration Open for the HVACR & Mechanical Conference for Education Professionals

The HVACR & Mechanical Conference for Education Professionals will be held March 9-11, 2015, in Baltimore, Maryland.

ASHRAE is again pleased to be an organizer of the annual HVACR & Mechanical Conference for Education Professionals. Hosted by the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation, the conference is an industry-supported event designed to provide instructors, industry trainers, and administrators of apprentice and secondary/post-secondary instructional programs with cutting-edge technical information and teaching techniques that will enable them to effectively train the next generation of skilled workers for the HVACR and plumbing industries. There is no registration fee for qualified instructors.

The conference will be held March 9-11, 2015, at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute (CCMIT), in Linthicum Heights, Maryland (a suburb of Baltimore). CCMIT is located minutes from the Thurgood Marshall Baltimore Washington International Airport (BWI) with 24-hour complimentary shuttle service. For more information, click here.


The conference is ideally suited for:

  • Plumbing and HVACR instructors, administrators, and counselors of secondary, postsecondary, and proprietary programs
  • Instructors and administrators of HVACR and plumbing apprentice programs
  • Apprentice program advisory committee members
  • Members of the Council of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Educators (CARE)
  • ACCA, PHCC, and RSES Chapter leaders
  • Managers of company training programs
  • Training instructors affiliated with ACCA, AHRI, ASHRAE, HARDI, NATE, PAHRA, RSES, PHCC, and SkillsUSA
  • Company technical advisors and key training department members
  • ASHRAE members who are paid or volunteer instructors at community colleges, trade or other educational institutions or who participate in company training programs

Click here to learn more about the conference.

The registration fee is covered by the sponsoring organizations listed below. Attendees are responsible for travel and lodging. Room rates are $213.82 (single) or $160.71 (double) per day, which includes meals, wireless Internet, and taxes. If needed, use this justification letter when requesting funding from administrators.

Check www.instructorworkshop.org for conference updates. 

For more information, contact Warren Lupson.


Press Release Excerpt

Keynote Speakers Announced for 20th Annual HVACR & Mechanical Conference
March 9-11, 2015

Arlington, VA – Keynote speakers for the HVACR & Mechanical Conference for Education Professionals were announced today, and will be featured at the event on March 9-11, 2015, at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights, Md.

"We are pleased to host these industry leaders at our 20th annual conference," said Stephen Yurek, President and CEO of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute, a sponsor of the conference. "These speakers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience on the issues most important to educators in this field."

This year's speakers are:

Salute to Educators
Dave S. Kyle II, Chairman of Board, ACCA/Owner, Trademasters, Inc.

Update on Climate Action Plan including Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) and Section 608 of the Clean Air Act
Drusilla Hufford, Director, Stratospheric Protection Division, U.S. EPA
Luke Hall-Jordan, Refrigerants Team Lead, Stratospheric Protection Division, U.S. EPA

Career and Technical Education Legislative Update
Steve DeWitt, Deputy Executive Director, Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

Industry and Education Working Together: Scars and Stars
Larry Banas, Director, Educational Services, Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc.
Scott Naill, Environmental Controls Instructor, Upper Valley Career Center
Tony Trapp, Apprenticeship Coordinator, Upper Valley Career Center

The Importance of Digital Badging
John Foster, Ph.D., President & CEO, NOCTI and Nocti Business Workforce

Innovative Models that Produce a Sustainable, Highly Skilled Workforce
Dan Ramirez, Director of Strategic Marketing and Development, NC3
Roger Tadajewski, Executive Director, NC3 National Coalition of Certification Centers

Workforce and Education Trends
Tim Lawrence, Executive Director, Skills USA

HVACR Workforce Labor Analyses: A new report from the HVACR Workforce Development Foundation 
Will Markow, Senior Analyst, Burning Glass