by ROCCO MAGLIO
On Wednesday July 24, 2019 T-Volt vocational learning graduated their first plumbing helpers at the Greater Hope Church in Kass Circle. Six students graduated with skills that will help them to assist a plumber. They learned from licensed Master Plumber Dennis Harmon who donated his time.
The students learned basic plumbing skills and in addition were tutored in the soft skills: arriving on time, maintaining a positive attitude, and expressing gratitude. Three of the students are finishing their schooling, of the three currently on the job market two have already found employment as plumber’s helpers.
T-Volt's next class will be for people interested in becoming air conditioning helpers. The students will learn the basics in "Electrical and Control Service, Refrigerant basics, Air flow dynamics, Copper Connections & soldering, Flare and Pressure Type and Basic formula." The idea is to provide enough of a foundation that they can be hired to help an air conditioning contractor.
Registration for the course ends August 7th and the classes will run August 21st to Oct. 23rd, 2019. The classes consist of one two hour class per week for 10 weeks. A commitment to the full course is required. Specific information about T-Volt registration may be obtained at [email protected]
T-Volt is expanding their offering with the help of some community partners. They are planning to offer a course for veterans in rough carpentry in either the end of fall or early winter. To teach a carpentry course, they needed to raise the funds to purchase insurance to use a space at the Hernando County Fairgrounds that has the necessary ventilation for sawdust. Through the Timber Pines Military Veterans Club they received the funding, with the stipulation that they develop a program for veterans.
They also received a matching donation from Peak Financial that will enable T-Volt to continue to expand their offerings.
T-Volt is an all-volunteer community based non-profit 501[c]3 learning center, servicing the unemployed, under-employed and high school seniors not going on to college.