ALFRED — A group of Alfred State College students in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) program recently gained some valuable hands-on, real-world experience while making a difference in the local community.
Under the guidance of instructor Scott Hillman, 16 HVAC students installed an entire plumbing system at a newly built house on Clark Street in Wellsville. Students who participated in this effort include Tori Cornwell, of Buffalo; Jared Dallas, of Franklinville; Tom Dycha, of Hamburg; Bill Fon, of Dobbs Ferry; Brandon Goodling, of Rixford, Pa.; Matthew Holmes, of Pike; Allix John, of Buffalo; Jesse Kabat, of Seneca Falls; Patrick Mootry, of Buffalo; Elizabeth Parker, of East Aurora; Paul Risasi, of Buffalo; Quinn Scoma, of Rochester; Noah Scott, of East Aurora; Trevor Vacinek, of Freedom; Adam Venton, of Fulton; and Dakota Yehl, of Hinsdale.
According to Hillman, the project came about after Jason Isaman of the Allegany County Land Bank Corporation (ACLBC) met with the building trades department to determine whether students could assist in some way with the construction of a new house. Hillman said he is very proud of the students and the work they have achieved.
“They were able to take the lessons and the theories learned in the classroom and apply them directly into installing the plumbing system for this new house,” Hillman said. “This type of ‘live work’ is vital to meeting our student learning objectives; the students are able to physically use the skills they’ve learned. This particular project is special because we were able to give back and improve the local community as well, so it’s a win-win for all.”