TCI Instructor Receives “Outstanding Student Advisor” Award for the 4th Time in a Decade!

TCI instructor Jerry Zak wants to see his students get jobs. So in addition to his responsibilities as instructor in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Technology Program, he also serves as the Faculty Advisor of the Student Branch of ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

Through ASHRAE, TCI students are able to meet industry professionals at regular meetings and make networking connections that can lead to a job after graduation in service, installation, controls, sales or design of HVAC/R systems.

In recognition of his efforts, and in reflection of the active participation and efforts of his students, the Region I of ASHRAE recently honored Jerry Zak with an award for “Outstanding Student Advisor.”

Through ASHRAE, Students Can Get A Scholarship… or Even a Job.

ASHRAE is an international organization tasked with developing the standards for the heating, refrigerating, and air-conditioning industry. The organization publishes a handbook every year with standards and updates every volume every 4 years which is used throughout the industry.

The organization boasts 55,000 members and approximately 5,000 student members.

TCI students have been very active in ASHRAE, both locally and in the regional chapter. Students attend regular meetings, dinners, field trips and even international meetings.

Through their participation in ASHRAE, students can receive a scholarship. To be eligible, students must attend regular meetings, write a paper and maintain a 3.0 GPA.

More importantly, students can use these events as networking opportunities to make industry contacts and ultimately land a job. “I tell my students, ‘If they like your face, you have a job.’” Zak says, “I stress to them the importance of presenting themselves in a professional manner.”

TCI: One of the Best Programs in the Country

Zak ranks TCI’s Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning program as one of the best in the nation. The focus is on hands-on, with a 50/50 balance of lecture and hands-on labs. The labs are fully equipped, so students get real-world hands-on experience right in the classroom.

Zak finds it very rewarding when he sees graduates of TCI in the field or at trade shows. Students will be attending an upcoming ABCO Refrigeration show in November, where they can buy advanced tools at a discount for use in their careers.

“Support is critical for our success.” Zak says, “The administration at TCI gives us full support, including support for our ASHRAE activities. The Director of Student Activities is also very supportive.”

The “Outstanding Student Advisor” award is Jerry Zak’s fourth award. He previously won the award in 2002-2003, 2004-2005, and 2010-2011. Zak is in his 21st year as an instructor at TCI.

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