Graduate Connections

Grad Connection – Meet Wayne Patch

Wayne, now aged 37, graduated from the Refrigeration Technologies program in October 2014. After 18 years working in another field, Wayne made a career change in his mid 30s. He now lives in Blythe, CA. Thanks for sharing your story Wayne; tell us what brought you to RSI in your mid 30s. I had a […]

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Grad Connections – Meet Jacki Chouanard

Jacki, aged 48, graduated from the Electro-Mechanical Technologies program in October 2015. Jacki’s schedule was better suited to the 14 month evening class rather than the nine month morning or afternoon classes. She enrolled in the EMT program in August 2014. Thanks for your time Jacki. Did you have prior experience in the HVAC field? […]

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Meet Jesse Barrientos

  Jesse, aged 25, graduated from the Electro-Mechanical Technologies program in July 2014. Originally from California, Jesse has been in Phoenix most of his life. He now lives in Mesa, and works statewide. Thanks for your time Jesse; why did you decide to go to HVAC school? Out of high school I was a butcher’s […]

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Grad Connection – Meet Jose Gutierrez

Jose moved to Arizona from California almost nine years ago. He graduated from the Electro-Mechanical Technologies program in October. Married to Norma for 13 years, they have two children aged 11 and 9. Thanks for your time Jose. What made you interested in HVAC? It was kind of a career change; I’d worked with Goettl […]

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Graduation Connections: Donny Jaeger

Meet Donny Jaeger Donny, aged 40, was born in Indiana, grew up in Las Vegas, and moved to Phoenix in 1992. He graduated from the Electro-Mechanical Technologies program in July 2015, but first went into HVAC in 2007.   Thanks for your time Donny; what did you do before entering the HVAC field in your […]

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Graduate Connections: Chad Ball

Meet Chad Ball Chad, aged 44, was born in Chicago, IL, but moved to Phoenix with his family back in 1984 when he was 13. Chad graduated from the Refrigeration Technologies program in November 2014. Chad is married with three children, aged 15, 14 and 4.   Thanks for your time Chad; what brought you […]

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Graduate Connections: Brian Holmes

Meet Brian Holmes Brian, aged 36 from Sierra Vista, AZ, graduated from the Refrigeration Technologies program in December 2013. Brian doubled up on phases and completed the six month program in just three months.   Thanks for your time Brian; tell us how you got started in HVAC. After graduating high school, I bounced around […]

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Graduate Connections: Michael Goff

Meet Mike Goff The Goff family has a long connection with The Refrigeration School (RSI). Three generations of Goff boys have come through our doors, starting in the mid-1960s with Gerald Goff. When Gerald’s son Richard (Butch) Goff wanted to join the family business, his first stop was RSI; he graduated in 1983. Then Butch’s […]

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