Tasheba Hamilton and I just met with Thomas Quinn and Jonathan P. L. Spooner of Stacks & Joules (https://stacksandjoules.org) about working together to provide HVAC and Building Automation to underserved youth.  Stay Tuned.  #realworldtraing

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Skilled Trades Are For Everyone!

Yesterday, Tasheba Hamilton and I met iron worker Ambra Melendez and sheet metal worker Thelma-Louise Fernandes at a Brooklyn Navy Yard meeting, about how to improve the welding courses offered there to high school students.

Amber and Thelma both spoke eloquently about their experiences working in the field and training others; and Ambra is even featured in the documentary Hard Hatted Woman. (https://lnkd.in/ervxTkM)

With an ever growing shortage in skilled labor, we need to start encouraging more young men AND women to explore these careers.

Thank you Ismail Ocasio for the invitation.

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Thank you Gavaskar Reid for hosting the Engineering & Architecture Commission at NYU Center for Urban Science + Progress today.  

It was nice to hear different perspectives on #cte and #stem education, and it also allowed Tauris Tech VP Tasheba Hamilton and myself to network with other like minded people.

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Daikin USA tour

It took a lot to get there, but I am incredibly grateful that I had the opportunity to tour the 4 million square foot manufacturing plant for Daikin North America in Houston, Texas.

I can’t thank Art Grant and Larry Thiel from Daikin enough for the invitation.

And special thanks to Tasheba Hamilton, Tom Abogabal and Ryan Luna for taking the trip with me.

Daikin and Tauris Tech share a common philosophy about the giving people opportunities to work in new fields, as well as the need to provide training to ensure that they will be successful.

Hopefully this is the start of a long and fruitful relationship.

Testo Tour

Today, Tauris Tech VP Tasheba Hamilton and I toured the Testo Instruments - North America facility in New Jersey. 

Anyone who’s seen my videos or attended my seminars know how much of a fan I am of Testo products.

Thank you Michael Ficacci for the invite, and I cannot wait to talk more about working together in the future. — with Tasheba Hamilton.

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Been There, Done That!

As the former Technical Director for a trade school I am very aware of the process of becoming accredited with the State Education Department.

Not seeking accreditation for Tauris Tech was not an easy decision, because it prevents our students from using financial aid to pay for our courses; but it's one I had to make.

Accreditation would require us to wait up to a year for approval from people who have less industry knowledge and real world experience than the people on our team.

People take our courses, because they need better jobs now, not a year from now.

And worse, we would be required to resubmit to this process, every time we wanted to update our 30% or more of our curriculum; which is why most accredited trade schools have not updated their curriculum for DECADES!

At Tauris Tech our mission is offer cutting edge training, so that our students get qualified where it really counts; in the real world, not the classroom!

#getreal #realworldtraining

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