Graduate Connections

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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Grad Connections – Meet John Hartranett

John, 44, originally from southern California, moved to Phoenix, AZ in 2000. He first enrolled in the Mechanical Maintenance Engineering (MME) associate degree program in 2002. But then life got in the way… 15 years later he came back to RSI and graduated from the degree program. Here’s his story… Thanks for your time John. […]

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Grad Connection – Meet Justin Davis

Justin, 35, from Sierra Vista, Arizona, had worked a bunch of sales jobs before enrolling in the Electro-Mechanical Technologies (EMT) program. He graduated in September 2016. We spoke with him the week after his graduation. Thanks for your time, Justin. What made you decide on an HVAC career? I wanted a career path. I’d been […]

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Grad Connection – Meet Rudy Ortega

Rudy, aged 29, had a double celebration in September 2016; he graduated from the Refrigeration Technologies program the day before his 29th birthday. Rudy worked as a maintenance tech, including air conditioning maintenance, for five years before coming to RSI. We spoke with him just a week after graduation. Thanks for sharing your story Rudy. […]

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Grad Connection – Meet Jay Viloria

Jay, aged 33, is from Phoenix, Arizona. He graduated from the Electro-Mechanical Technologies (EMT) program in May 2016. Thanks for speaking with me Jay. What made you decide on an HVAC career? To be honest, it started with my grandmother! She couldn’t afford to put a new air conditioning unit in her house, so I […]

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Graduate Connections: Jake Wilson

Meet Jake Wilson Jake Wilson, aged 32, graduated from the Refrigeration Technologies program in February 2015. Prior to enrolling at The Refrigeration School Jake worked in law enforcement but he did have some HVAC experience from a job he got fresh out of high school in 2001. Thanks for your time Jake; how did you […]

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