Johnson Controls Launches Community College Partnership Program, Investing in the Technicians of Tomorrow

MIWAUKEE, July 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Johnson Controls (NYSE: JCI), the global leader in smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, today launched the Johnson Controls Community College Partnership Program. As part of the program, Johnson Controls will: $15 million to support academic programs at nonprofit community colleges for the next five years. As of the 2021-2022 academic year, the program will $1 million up to ten community colleges in the US In addition to funding, Johnson Controls employees will support the community colleges through volunteerism and mentorship.

The grants will support the expansion of associate degree and certificate programs in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), fire and security, and digital building automation systems, all areas where the U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts there will be a greater need for skilled expert knowledge. the coming years. A core objective of the program is to change the life trajectory of students from disadvantaged communities by equipping them with in-demand knowledge and skills that will support employment and a path for a lifelong career after graduation.

“Just as smart, healthy buildings are essential to our well-being, well-trained and trained engineers are critical to keeping our environments working safely and efficiently. As a leader in the construction industry for more than a century, Johnson Controls is honored to share our expertise with the nation’s leading community colleges,” said Grady Crosby, vice president of public affairs and chief diversity officer at Johnson Controls. “The Community College Partnership Program supports institutions through funding and supports their students through volunteerism and mentorships. We believe this will empower people to build lifelong careers that will change their lives and their cities.”

The first ten community colleges to receive grants are in cities where Johnson Controls has a significant customer base and employee presence. Funding for each community college differs based on its needs; In general, colleges will use the support to purchase and develop teaching materials, learning technologies and scholarships. Local Johnson Controls employees in each market will serve as volunteer educators and provide students with counseling and hands-on experience. This guidance will be incorporated directly into various college programs and also provides a pathway for student internships and entry-level opportunities at Johnson Controls.

Recipients of the Community College Partnership Award 2021-2022:

  1. Kennedy King College (Chicago, Illinois): Founded in 1911, Kennedy King College is part of the City Colleges of Chicago, a system of two-year educational institutions. The college will use its funding to set up an HVAC certification boot camp, develop a job shadowing and field experience course, and provide students with their own HVAC toolsets.
  2. Suffolk County Community College (Selden, NY): Founded in 1959, Suffolk County Community College is a public community college, sponsored by SUNNY and Suffolk County, NY. The college will use its funding to invest in state-of-the-art training simulators and grow a mentored mentoring program with Johnson Controls employees who support peer mentoring and career guidance.
  3. Montgomery College (Rockville, MD): Founded in 1946, Montgomery College is a public community school in Montgomery County, Maryland. The college will use its funding to expand program marketing to local low-income communities, hire additional faculty to serve as retention and recruiting staff, and create a building automation systems lab.
  4. Baltimore County Community College (Baltimore, Maryland): Founded in 1957, Baltimore County Community College is a public community college with campuses across the street Baltimore County, Maryland. The college will use its funding to hire additional tutors and build a mentored mentoring program with Johnson Controls employees who support peer mentoring and career counseling.
  5. Lone Star College (Conroe, Texas): Founded in 1992, Lone Star College is a Texas community school in the forests, North of Houston. The college will use its funding to provide students with financial assistance in obtaining HVAC toolkits, personal protective equipment and learning materials, as well as tuition. Furthermore, the college will use funding to grow programs that encourage students to go beyond HVAC/R certification courses and earn a full Associates Degree.
  6. Henry Ford College (Dearborn, MI): Founded in 1938, Henry Ford College is a public two-year university in Dearborn, West of Detroit. The college will use its funding to expand the Energy Technology-HVAC program into modular units that will also be developed into open-source, online learning resources that can be shared and further developed by other learning institutions. Furthermore, the college will purchase HVAC simulators with industry standard components.
  7. Essex Country Community College (Newark, New Jersey): Founded in 1968, Essex County College is a public community school in Essex County, New Jersey. The college will use its funding to purchase learning materials and training technologies and partner with CompTIA to expand IT certification programs for careers in IT and help desk positions.
  8. Camden County College (Blackwood, New Jersey): Founded in 1965, Camden County College is a public community school serving West Central New Jersey and the bigger Camden Surface. The college will use its funding to expand its HVAC technician training and Programmable Logic Controller Certificate of Achievement programs. Furthermore, the college will develop a Programmable Logic Controller certificate program specifically linked to the use of Johnson Controls technology.
  9. Georgia Piemonte Technical College (Clarkston, Georgia): Founded in 1961, Georgia Piemonte Technical College is part of the Technical College System of Georgia, serving students in the larger metro Atlanta Surface. The college will use its funding to purchase additional lab equipment for the Building Automaton Systems program and to upgrade hands-on training simulators. Further, the college will revamp its commercial refrigeration and welding programs and update related program marketing to underserved communities.
  10. Milwaukee Area Technical College (Milwaukee, Wisconsin): Founded in 1912, Milwaukee Area Technical College is a public, two-year vocational technical college. The college will use its funding to expand local HVAC career training recruitment and upgrade lab and training equipment.

According to a 2020 report from the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction, part of the United Nations Environment Programme, the construction sector is responsible for 40% of total global energy-related carbon emissions. And three quarters of those emissions are attributable to construction activities. Yet the current renovation rate of buildings is less than one percent. It will take effort and expertise from generation to generation to undo the damage already done to our environment and then move on to a new, sustainable way of life. Specialist knowledge is needed to develop more sustainable spaces and deploy and maintain operational and information technologies that promote healthier buildings. That’s why Johnson Controls invests in tomorrow’s technicians today.

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At Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI), we transform the environments where people live, work, learn and play. As a global leader in smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, our mission is to reshape building performance to serve people, places and the planet.

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SOURCE Johnson Controls International plc

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