Troops to Trades provides military veterans and active Guard and Reservists that are interested in entering the plumbing, HVAC or electrical industries training grants to a number of approved training programs.
The accelerated, 2-4 week, all-expenses-paid, comprehensive training programs are designed to quickly provide veterans with the skills needed to enter a new career in the trades. The training programs include sales and customer service training and technical training in the plumbing, HVAC and electrical industries.
Training grants can be used for all-expense paid short-term programs such as the ones listed below as well as other programs as arranged. The application is open year round. Fill out the application, as we review all applications on a monthly basis and also announce and award grants monthly.
Select, Pre-Approved Training Programs
Ultimate Technical Academy (UTA)
Ultimate Technical Academy offers unique training solutions for the plumbing, HVAC and electrical industries. Three training options are currently available to Troops to Trades grant recipients:
- Residential Plumbing. UTA’s training gives new plumbers a “jump-start” by teaching the practical side of the trade. This course teaches apprentices the key items it takes to understand and maintain the residential plumbing system. Students leave the class with not only a better understanding of the principals but also the ability to perform most of the routine maintenance repairs within the plumbing system.
- HVAC. UTA offers three core courses in Refrigeration AC/Heat Pump, Electrical Technology and Heating. These courses are designed for novice, intermediate and experienced technicians. The Troops to Trades program will send veterans to at least two of the main courses offered in this program.
- Electrical. UTA’s training gives apprentice electricians a “jump start” by teaching the practical side of the trade. This one-week course contains a blend of classroom training, which teaches the theory on “how it works,” and “hands on training” in the lab, which teaches procedures on how to get the job done.
Learn more at Ultimate Technical Academy’s website.
The Lennox BuildATech program is a blended learning experience that enables attendees to learn skills online as well as in the classroom. The 4-week technical training class is designed to transform anyone with an interest in HVAC into a revenue-generating technician. It also stresses a systems approach to troubleshooting home comfort issues, repeatable diagnostic techniques that yield tangible results, and a thorough understanding of interpersonal communications and computation skills. There’s also a major emphasis on testing: EPA, NATE, and a two-day practical exam where the trainee has to complete eight heating and cooling tune ups. The attendees will also be trained in the Nexstar Service System®! This program is will help them build professional and proficient skills for creating long-term customer relationships. BuildATech is your quickest route to a professional and proficient technical staff capable of creating long-term customer relationships.
BuildATech trainings are scheduled to happen monthly.
Nexstar® Non-Technical Training Options
Provided by Nexstar® Network, a member-owned business network which has more than 500 members, these programs are designed to improve customer relations and sales skills and can be taken by technicians as well as office employees working in the industry. They include:
- Customer Service And Dispatch Service. Learn how to provide outstanding customer service with this training for individuals working in a call center or dispatch office.
- Heating And Cooling Or Sewer Sales. Learn the ins and outs of working in sales at a plumbing or heating and cooling business.
- Service System. Join an exclusive group of people who are trained in excellent in-home customer service for the plumbing, HVAC and electrical industry.
Other Grants & Training Programs
General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program, 2015-2016
Since its inception in 1942, the Air Force Aid Society (AFAS) has been committed to helping Air Force members and their families realize their academic goals. The General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant program, the centerpiece of the Society’s education initiatives, has been overwhelmingly popular. The value and success of this program is demonstrated in the 102,244 grants disbursed since the first awards were made for the 1988-1989 academic year.
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