Alabama Power Donates Equipment to ISTC HVAC Program

August 20, 2018

Ingram State Technical College (ISTC) HVAC instructors acquired training units, equipment and instructional resources for their programs recently, as part of a special “equipment raffle” sponsored by the Alabama Power HVAC Training Center.

The event was organized by Training Center manager Joel Owen, and schools from across the state benefitted. Owen explained that the equipment became available when the Training Center moved from its original location in Chilton County to new facilities adjacent to the campus of Bevill State Community College.

ISTC instructor Stan Humphries said each school had multiple opportunities to select items, which they then uninstalled and transported to their respective campuses. Humphries opted for a 1.5 ton HVAC system, a basic electricity trainer, meters and gauges, and classroom resources, while Tim Strength, ISTC’s newest HVAC instructor, selected two heat pump systems and a two-stage gas furnace complete with ductwork.

Strength said the units will be used as classroom trainers, providing students with opportunities to gain experience working on the type of equipment they will encounter in the field. He estimated ISTC’s selections to have a retail value of $30,000.

ISTC president Annette Funderburk said the college’s short-term training program offered at the Alabama Therapeutic Education Facility in Columbiana also acquired training units, meters and classroom resources. “Donations like this make a tremendous difference in our students’ learning experience,” said Funderburk, “particularly at ATEF where student turnover is rapid and resources are limited.”


Photo: (from left) Ingram State Technical College HVAC students Samuel Kaufman, Edgar Callaway and Darell Wright practice air conditioning servicing procedures using equipment donated by the Alabama Power HVAC Training Center.