This is good to know. I think I may have found myself a job as a priject manager in the HVAC field I think the boss wants me to handle some of his customer relations and admin task while I go to school. I told him I would start at minimum wage to have a chance to learn the trade.
School is great, Whats greater is when u go home and learn on Your own. And the greatest thing is appreciating the decisions u made in life.
Get sponsered by union shop after a few months they will send u to union school with pay,, One day a week. It;s all about the teacher. This is best because what u learn u can practice the next day or at least ask your fellow mechanic. Buy them lunch.
One of the best schools around the country is Total Tech in Smyrna, Tennessee. Check out www.totaltechschool.com
There is Apex and TCI
I graduated from RSI in Phoenix in November, and got a commercial service job in December. I know I'm lucky, and I'm thankful. The first day on the job I found out that I know exactly JACK SQUAT (ya gotta imagine that in a Chris Farley kind of voice...:grin2:)! Still, the guy I am training with was happy to find out that I know what superheat and subcooling are and how to determine them, and overjoyed that I can recognize a seized compressor, and damn near fell over when I identified a piston type metering device.
Thing is, I got out of school what I put into it. I worked hard, and showed up, and actually LISTENED and CONTRIBUTED to my classes. Most schools are worth it if you do that, and very few (none) are worth it if you don't.
Just my 2 cents, for what it's worth.