Graduate Connections

Graduate Connections – Meet Zach Nelson

Zach, 26, from Phoenix, AZ, graduated from the Refrigeration Technologies program at RSI in July 2017. Thanks for your time, Zach. What brought you to RSI? I hit my mid-20s and decided I needed a career. I’d been working at a dental office for about three years doing front office stuff. That wasn’t going to […]

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National HVAC Tech Month Spotlight: Owning Your Own HVAC Business.

Rich Morgan graduated from the RSI Electro-Mechanical Technologies program in 1994. Today he is President of Magic Touch Mechanical, Inc., the nationally recognized and awarded company that he started in 1997. To celebrate National HVAC Tech Month this June, Rich has provided some insight and inspiration for HVAC techs who might like to run their […]

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Graduate Connections – Toby Overton

Toby, 18, from New York, has been in AZ for five years. He lived in northern Arizona for four years before moving down to start at RSI a month after graduating high school. Toby finished classes in the Electro-Mechanical Technologies (EMT) program in March 2018. Thanks for sharing your story, Toby. Why did you choose […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Rich Morgan

Rich Morgan, 47, from New York, NY graduated from the Electro-Mechanical Technologies (EMT) program in November 1994. He is now President of Magic Touch Mechanical, Inc., a nationally recognized and award-winning company that Rich started in 1997. Thanks for your time, Rich. What made you choose a career in HVAC? I don’t think I chose […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Mike Montes

Mike, 42, graduated from the nine-month Electro-Mechanical Technologies (EMT) program in October 2017. Mike now works for Goettl Air Conditioning – “It’ll keep you cool but it’s hard to spell.” Thanks for your time, Mike. Tell us what brought you to HVAC at 41 years of age. It was a total career change. I was […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Rhoanna King

Rhoanna, aged 21, was born in Fort Defiance, AZ, on the Navajo Reservation, but grew up in Tempe. She graduated from the Associate of Occupational Studies in Mechanical Maintenance Engineering (MME) program in January 2018. Thanks for sharing your story, Rhoanna. Tell us how you chose a career in this field. Honestly, it just hit […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Joe Busalacchi

Joe, aged 22 from San Diego, CA, went into RSI straight out of high school in 2014. He graduated from the nine month Electro-Mechanical Technologies program in May 2015. He is now a building engineer. Thanks for sharing your story, Joe. Tell us how you chose a career in HVAC. I wasn’t sure what I […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Louis Orlando

Louis, age 34 from Kansas City, MO, lives in Prescott Valley, AZ. He graduated from the six month Refrigeration Technologies program in November 2017. A married father of two boys, Louis endured a daily 3 hour 10 minute round trip commute to attend RSI. Tell us about your life before HVAC. My parents owned nightclubs […]

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Graduate Connections – Meet Danny Williams

Danny, 52, was born in Oceanside, CA, but he came to Arizona at the age of 13. Danny has been married for 28 years and has six kids, three of whom are adopted. Danny graduated from the Electro-Mechanical Technologies program and rolled straight into the Mechanical Maintenance Engineering associate degree program. Danny graduated with his […]

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Grad Connection – Meet Luis Garcia

As a high school dropout, Luis never expected to earn a degree, but  he recently graduated from the Mechanical Maintenance Engineering (MME) associate degree program at RSI. Luis, 39, first graduated with Honors from the Electro-Mechanical Technologies (EMT) program in June 2016. In fact he won the Presidential Award at graduation before returning to complete […]

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