The first class of Industrial Refrigeration students

Publish Date: 
Oct 10, 2017

Hartnell College is proud to offer our congratulations to Salinas Valley’s newest line of industry professionals in Industrial Refrigeration.  Taught at Hartnell College’s East Campus, the first Industrial Refrigeration Fundamentals and Introduction to Systems program was led and instructed by industry professionals, Don Tragethon, Bruce Welden, Scott Silva, John Williams, David Grow, Steve Firth, and a host of additional volunteers who oversaw the completion of 22 students in Hartnell’s first Industrial Refrigeration program for the region.  The 10-week course was conducted on Monday evenings for a 3-hour period as many of the students’ work daytime hours. Participants also met four Saturdays at various worksites to see firsthand how refrigeration units are being used in the industry. The class experience was enhanced by equipment donations from local industry employers valued at $1,000,000 in order to support hands-on learning; just of those four pieces were valued over $100K.  Don Tragethon, who spearheaded this program, remarked, “We are extremely encouraged by local employers, the support of industry, and the commitment Hartnell College is providing because ‘strong partnerships’ are what will continue to help the program flourish and grow.”

In addition to this training opportunity supported by local industry, testing for the certified Refrigerating Engineers and Technicians Association (RETA) was offered and 17 have already passed the exam, the remaining five are close to completion and will be testing in the near future.

The next program is scheduled to begin early January of 2018. For additional information, contact Ana González at 831.755.6719.