Three recent Cape Fear Community College graduates received something in addition to their diplomas – a set of brand new tools worth $1,000 each. Students in CFCC’s air conditioning, ventilation and heating program received an assortment of brand new tools that they can use on the job.
The tools were donated by an anonymous person who wanted to help the students get off to a good start on their new careers. The tools included a wide variety of items ranging from cordless power drills, electric voltage meters, screwdrivers and much more.
Wilmington resident Paul Boro, who received one set of tools, said that the gift will be incredibly helpful because it’s $1,000 he won’t have to spend to get started. Boro spent 25 years in the construction and remodeling business and entered the HVAC program to learn a new trade. After three semesters in the program, Boro is confident in his new skills.
“I can work on anything that’s out there,” Boro said.
Another student, Keith LeRoy, got a part-time job as a service technician about halfway through the program and will be going full-time after graduation. He said that he can put the new tools to use right away.
Bob Schlaine, a third student to receive the tools, said that the gift will come in handy because he is starting his own business.
The students received the tools at a small ceremony in the Air Conditioning shop at CFCC’s downtown Wilmington Campus on July 22. The gifts were made through the CFCC Foundation.
CFCC’s Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Technology program is a three-semester diploma program that prepares students to maintain, service, repair, and install residential and light commercial systems.