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Two CATE students headed to OSU for HVAC training

Kyle Petersen, Anthony Garcia, Kevin Self, Oscar Gutierrez, Brett Hackman.

Princeton High School seniors Anthony Garcia and Oscar Gutierrez were recognized Wednesday night during a special CATE ceremony to present scholarships for a unique opportunity to partner with HVAC company ACIS.

Through the support of ACIS, students are able to attend Oklahoma State University’s Institute of Technology, which offers an Air Conditioning and Refrigeration degree. Students enrolled in the ACR program learn and develop the mechanical and electrical skills needed to install, maintain, troubleshoot and repair residential and commercial heating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems with a variety of mechanical and electronic platforms. They also become experts with service tools such as pressure gauges, meters, refrigerant recovery units and temperature recorders.

A vital component of the ACR program is the required internship all students must complete. Students will apply their skills and knowledge in a work setting with ACIS, while facing real-world situations alongside technicians in the field.

Family joined the two students who earned scholarships.

Both students signing with ACIS excel in Princeton’s HVAC program.

Anthony qualified for state in SkillsUSA. He is following in the footsteps of his brother, who is currently attending OSU on a scholarship from ACIS. Because of his work ethic and dependability during his summer internship with ACIS, Anthony received an $18,000 scholarship.

Oscar also signed a scholarship/employment contract with ACIS. During an interview with ACIS owner and Princeton native Kevin Self, Oscar explained his desire to continue to grow in the HVAC industry, as well as how he would like to better himself through the program at OSU. Oscar received a $9,000 scholarship from ACIS.    

ACIS has awarded more than 15 scholarships to the CATE HVAC program since partnering with PISD totaling more than $100,000.

Kevin Self sponsored the CATE cookout to honor students.