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Housecall Pro Awarded $50,000 at the Trade Academy HVAC Scholarship Ceremony

Housecall Pro, Truewerk, and WD-40 sponsored 20 HVAC scholarship winners who were awarded $2,500 each at the 2nd annual Trade Academy HVAC Scholarship Award Ceremony. The ceremony brought together industry leaders, instructors, and rising HVAC students to celebrate their achievements.

SAN DIEGO — At the 2nd annual Trade Academy HVAC Scholarship Award Ceremony recognized the achievements of 20 winners who were awarded a scholarship worth $2,500, along with product prizes from Truewerk, WD-40, and Housecall Pro. The ceremony brought together industry leaders, instructors, and rising HVAC students for an inspiring evening filled with speeches and announcements.

In 2021, Housecall Pro introduced Trade Academy, a complimentary platform offering specialized job boards. It caters to home service companies by allowing them to construct employer profiles, publicize their available job openings, and browse through resumes of competent job seekers in their locality. Trade Academy has been designed with the goal of empowering Pros and providing useful resources to trade school students, job hunters, and home service entrepreneurs.

“We are thrilled to have hosted another successful scholarship ceremony, and are proud to support the next generation of HVAC professionals,” said Roland Ligtenberg, Co-founder at Housecall Pro. “We believe that investing in technical & technology education is key to strengthening the industry and ensuring that skilled professionals continue to drive innovation.”

Guest speakers from Truewerk, WD-40, and Housecall Pro shared their expertise and support with attendees, making the event all the more special. Roland Ligtenberg shared his excitement about the future of the industry and the role that young professionals will play in shaping it. “Housecall Pro takes great pride in being a part of the Trade Academy HVAC Scholarship and finds it incredibly inspiring to meet young professionals who are dedicated to achieving excellence,creating a positive impact in their local communities, and industry as a whole.”

Out of 413 applicants from 98 schools, the scholarship winners of various ages ranging from 18 to 63, come from diverse backgrounds but share a common passion for HVAC and a dedication to craftsmanship. Their skills and exceptional character make them not only competent technicians but also individuals who aspire to create a positive change in the world around them.

Each scholarship winner received a prize package worth $2,500, which included a one-year supply of WD-40 products, Truewerk workwear, and a free one-year subscription to Housecall Pro. Jonathan Trainum, one of the scholarship winners, expressed his gratitude, saying “I would like to thank all of the sponsors and judges for this award and the opportunity to represent your brands. I look forward to doing so in the most ethical, customer-oriented ways possible. Your investment in my family’s future is appreciated beyond my ability to express. Thank you!”

The event was a hit, and it’s exciting to witness the amazing impact that these rising HVAC professionals, like Jonathan, will make in the years to come. Congratulations to the scholarship winners, and a huge thank you to the guest speakers from Truewerk, WD-40, and Housecall Pro for making the event such a success!

For more information, please visit the Trade Academy website.

Housecall Pro is a top-rated business solution that helps home service professionals save time, sell bigger jobs, and provide best-in-class service. With easy-to-use tools for scheduling, dispatching, payments, and more, Housecall Pro enables Pros to manage every aspect of their business all in one place. The platform is available through a mobile app and web portal for Pros across the United States and Canada. Founded in 2013, Housecall Pro has been Championing Pros to Success through ever-improving product solutions and strong community support for over eight years.


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Last modified: March 31, 2023