On May 12, 2016, PRNewswire wrote an article about Nick Hughes, who formerly worked in the US Navy and was set to graduate from a two-year applied science in air conditioning program at the University of Nevada. Nick was a recipient of the 9/11 Veteran Tools Award, an Award sponsored by Ken Goodrich, the owner of Goettl Air Conditioning.
The 9/11 Veteran Tools Award allowed Nick to select $1000 worth of tools to kickstart his career. The award is different to many traditional college scholarships or endowments. This is not the first donation given by Goodrich. It is, in fact, the second. Goodrich, apart from owning Goettl, sponsors the “Son of a Gun” Scholarship and the J. Duncan Goodrich Air Conditioning Lab at CSN. The “Son of a Gun” Scholarship is awarded to an ongoing student from a multiple generation family in the air conditioning industry.
Goodrich said that he had learned through the course of his career that people from the military make excellent employees and that the scholarship was a good chance to help such people start out strong in the HVAC industry.
The applied science department chair at the college, Dennis Soukup, said he and Goodrich collaborated and based the award benefits on individual experience when the award was initially created. The award is in its second year and each year, a graduating student will be able to receive it. Soukup mentioned that when he came out of school in the past, he only had screwdrivers, nuts and bolts and could not afford all that was offered by the Award. Back in the day when you finally got a job, the employer took the cost of the tools out of your check.
Nick, who excelled at the two-year program and currently works for a local HVAC contracting firm, worked for seven years as a cook in the Navy. He is a California native. He said that tools needed for the job were a lot and very expensive. He was also thankful for the support the community gave him and praised Goettl saying that they were ‘connected.’
Goettl Air Conditioning is a trusted air conditioning and heating company in Phoenix, AZ. Phoenix experiences temperatures above 90oF for almost a third of the year. Hence, it is not ideally a place you would want to live without an air conditioner. Goettl offers a variety of services including but not limited to installation of central air pumps, air cleaners, UV germicidal lights, ductless mini splits, radiant heat systems, and humidifiers.