Alumni Profile: Randy Williams – HVAC-R helps keep Houston cool

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LoneStar_Randy_WilliamsAnyone who has spent a summer in Houston knows the importance of air conditioning. The Texas Workforce Commission estimates the need for people who can install and repair heating, air conditioners and refrigeration systems will grow 25 percent by 2022.

To help meet this growing demand, LSC offers a HVAC-R associate of applied science degree to prepare individuals for a technical service career in residential systems and/or commercial/industrial environmental systems.

“Lone Star College provided me with hands-on training,” said Randy Williams, former LSC student and now LSC workforce skills instructor. “Lone Star College stays up to date on the new innovations and techniques which prepared me to be successful.”

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Randy Williams, center

Students study the mechanical and electrical/electronic systems involved in contemporary environmental controls. The academic requirements of the program provide a foundation for continued studies should the student decide to pursue his or her associate degree. Students are also able to obtain a FastTrack certification.

“In addition to teaching, I am also a small-business owner,” said Williams. “When I earned my commercial state license, my former instructor asked me to come back and teach. I tell my students you never stop learning.”

Students training for a career in this industry can earn the associate of applied science degree, or become certified which prepares them for basic, entry-level employment in the residential and/or light commercial heating and air conditioning service industry.

“You want to be committed,” said Williams. “My mom went to LSC-Kingwood and we watched our lives change when she got her nursing degree.

“Commit to training and education,” Williams said. “I already know how life is without college, but thanks to Lone Star College, I know that it works.”

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