DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Bob Woodalls is Dothan’s leader in all things air-conditioning, and have been servicing the Wiregrass community for over 50 years.
Now, they want to help high school seniors who may have an interest in becoming AC Technicians by giving them an Apprenticeship Scholarship.
“The Scholarship Apprenticeship Program is a way to interact with younger people and encourage them to get into our industry,” Bob Woodall, President of Bob Woodall Air Care Systems, said. “As our workforce in our industry gets older we’re not seeing many people wanting to get into heating and air conditioning, and the young people don’t know what it is cause you can’t see it, you feel it.”
This program is something the company has been working on for a couple of years, and Woodall said every year they will pick five high school seniors who decided not to go to college and applied for the apprenticeship scholarship.
“We’re going to take them, and we’re going to bring them in and let them work, and shadow some of our technicians to make sure that they’re a good fit,” Woodall said. “If they are then we’re going to send them to Atlanta to All American Technician Academy for a one-week kind of boot camp on maintaining or maintenance for an air conditioning system.”
The company will also pay them while they are at the academy including their food and lodging, and once they return:
“We spend the next two years teaching and training these young people how to become an air conditioning technician,” Woodall said. “So, at the end of two years they don’t have any college debt, they’re getting paid and hopefully they will stay with us and start a career in the heating and air conditioning.”
Applicants must be drug-free and have a clean driving record.