Graduate Connections

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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Grad Connection – Meet Vince Wiener

Vince, aged 22, is from Tacoma, Washington. He graduated high school in 2012, then graduated from the six month Refrigeration Technologies program in August 2013 at the age of 20. Thanks for your time Vince. What was your path to RSI? In high school I worked for a seafood company over in Tukwila, WA. I […]

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Grad Connection – Meet Stefan Garcia

Stefan, aged 24, took a few years and several different jobs before coming to RSI at 23. He graduated from the Electro-Mechanical Technologies program in March 2016. We spoke with Stefan a couple of weeks after graduation, just two days before he started his first job in the HVAC field for Pizza Hut. Thanks for […]

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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 apprentice, […]

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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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