Washington, MO

East Central College Awarded Federal Grant

For the second year in a row the USDA has awarded a Rural Business Development Grant to East Central Colllege.  The grant is for $56,606 and will be used to construct an entry level chilled water system to further develop ECC’s Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC) program.  The chilled water system will be housed in the HVAC lab inside ECC’s new Business and Industry Center.  Currently, the average age of an HVAC employee is 55-years old.  Additionally, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the employment of HVAC workers is expected to grow by 14 percent by 2024.  The average salary for an HVAC worker in the St. Louis area is $52,590.  This makes the HVAC program at ECC especially crucial for local businesses and industry.


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