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HVAC Seniors Learn During Summer Internship

Chris Kelley, Ronnie Trent

Ronnie Trent, Middletown, and Chris Kelley, Lebanon, both seniors in HVAC, applied for and were selected for summer 2021 internships at Cintas Fire Protection. They worked in different areas and both said the experience impacted their career goals.

“I worked more on the fire protection sprinkler side,” Ronnie Trent said. “We did repairs, drained systems, did inspections and I got to go to St. Xavier and several other schools, big buildings and factories. It was an amazing experience, and I learned another trade along with my HVAC training at school. They offer a two-year Sprinkler System apprenticeship and I would like to go into that after I graduate.”

Chris Kelley said he worked in the fire alarm area, which is based in electrical trades, and it gave him another career option to consider.

“I had a blast this summer, and it definitely opened my eyes to another trade I didn’t know about,” Chris said. “We worked with parallel circuits and how to test pull stations. I liked how Cintas treated their staff. They made me feel like an employee, not just an intern. I also have an offer for an internship in the HVAC field, and am still considering both. It is great to have options. You need to try everything you can to find what you are looking for in your career.”

Both said they recommend to any student to explore fire protection careers, because there are many different jobs and areas to go into. They have a lot to think about as they finish their senior year, but one thing they don’t have to worry about is whether they will find a good career after high school. They have many options!

“Over the summer, we had two Warren County Career Center students work with our team in Cincinnati,” HR Manager Erin Tedtman said. “Ronnie and Chris were recruited during the school year and placed in our summer internship program. The students spent time out in the field with our sprinkler and alarm partners doing inspections and testing of our fire protection equipment. Our company greatly benefits from this summer internship program because it sets students up to take on their first opportunity after graduation. They are prepped with knowledge of the industry and have hands on experience in the field. We have had a great success from Warren County Career Center graduates because they are hands on learners by trade and are fast learners! We are very excited to continue the relationship with Ronnie and Chris and hope to have them join us after their graduation in May!"

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