Lincoln Tech, Johnson Controls Team Up To Build Technical Workforce of the Future

West Orange-based Lincoln Educational Services Corporation, a provider of specialized technical training, has entered into an agreement with Johnson Controls, a global leader in creating intelligent buildings and energy storage, to provide expanded career opportunities for Lincoln Tech graduates and to help build the Johnson Controls workforce. This marks the second partnership with a leading global employer that Lincoln has announced within the last several weeks.

Graduates of Lincoln Tech’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) and Electrical and Electronic Systems Technology (EEST) training programs throughout the country will have the opportunity to pursue careers with Johnson Controls, which will assist Lincoln in recruiting new students for these programs.  Johnson Controls will provide training equipment and sponsor classrooms at 10 Lincoln Techcampuses across the country: Columbia, MD; Denver, CO; East Windsor, New Britain, and Shelton, CT; Indianapolis, IN; Mahwah and Union, NJ; Marietta, GA; and Melrose Park, IL.

Scott Shaw, president and CEO of Lincoln Tech, says partnering with Johnson Controls demonstrates the school’s commitment to helping students and employers alike overcome the skills gap that exists in many hands-on industries today.

“Having the support of an employer like Johnson Controls will prove to be invaluable for our graduates who can connect with a company that’s really defined the fields of climate control and energy efficiency for more than a century,” Shaw says. “Johnson Controls was paving the way in these arenas long before the fields were even being thought about as critical to our environment and our world.  Now, as Johnson Controls continues its drive toward the development of ‘smart’ cities built around integrated infrastructure, it’s exciting to know that our students can one day be a part of it.”

“Johnson Controls is a growing company, and to grow we need more people on the ground to respond to the needs of our customers,” says Rod Rushing, president of Building Solutions North America, Johnson Controls. “This partnership with Lincoln Tech is about laying the foundation for our future workforce, and providing the essential training needed to be successful in a career with Johnson Controls.”

Johnson Controls Vice President for Human Resources Dana Valentine highlights the broader impact of a career with Johnson Controls. “When you join this company, you’re embarking on a career that’s bigger than yourself,” says Valentine. “This is not just a ‘job,’ but a career that will help define the future of how we as a society live and work.”

She also notes, “Lincoln Tech graduates pursuing careers with the company will have an impressive range of career paths from which to choose. With the size and scale of Johnson Controls’ business, the options are almost endless. As a global operation, career opportunities are available in dozens of countries.”

The partnership with Johnson Controls comes less than two months after Lincoln Tech announced it had also partnered with Hussmann Refrigeration. Together, these two relationships will afford Lincoln students a wide range of career possibilities after graduation.

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