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RSES Past International President Krepcik Welcomes President Biden at TCC HVAC Workshop

May 4th, 2021


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RSES Past International President Krepcik Welcomes
President Biden at TCC HVAC Workshop

Arlington Heights, Ill. (May 4, 2021) – President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden visited an HVAC workshop at Tidewater Community College (TCC) in Portsmouth, VA on May 3 as part of the administration’s efforts to gain support for the president’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan. Biden was cordially greeted by TCC’s HVACR Professor and Program Lead Harlan “Skip” Krepcik, CMS, MBA, RCT, who served as RSES’ International President for the 2015–2016 two-year term.

Biden_-_KrepcikMonday’s visit focused on highlighting how the legislation will benefit schools and included a trip to Yorktown Elementary School in addition to TCC was a part of a “Getting America Back on Track” tour that is focusing on the importance of community colleges.

In describing the planning of the visit, Krepcik—an active RSES Educational and Examining Board Member—said, “I got a call from the secret service on Saturday just as I was taking my bike out. The President said ‘I want to be in a classroom with students and an instructor,’ and so I prepared.

“I decided to talk to them about series and parallel electrical circuits. We had three lab demonstrations set up to show them. [The First Lady] teaches science so she was right in tune with what I was talking about. My presentation lasted for four minutes and even though I was told we would be able to talk for another five minutes or so we ended up talking for another 15 minutes after I was done.”

When asked about how he felt about the experience, Krepcik said, “It’s always an honor and privilege to meet the President and First Lady.”
Like many organizations that make up the HVACR trade, which has been struggling to draw in the next generation of technicians, RSES highly supports the plan to encourage trade and vo-tech schools at younger ages.

Biden_-_Krepcik_2“How do we fill the vacant seats of our retiring skilled HVACR professionals if we are not discussing it or bringing light to it to those who can help fuel the next wave of techs entering the field,” said Lori Schiavo Executive Vice President, RSES. “As has always been the case, it takes many voices to help fuel the change. Our collective voices being heard and a response from the head of the nation is fantastic.”
A portion of President Biden’s American Jobs plan ensures workers are trained for well-paying, middle-class jobs of the future. It additionally proposes it will ensure that American taxpayers’ dollars benefit working families and their communities, and not multinational corporations or foreign governments.
“Everyone reading this article understands the role the HVACR industry plays in putting Americans back to work and improving the efficiency of our electrical grid. With new focus placed on the HVACR industry, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, with workers being classified as essential, and a plethora of opportunities awaiting, it is great to see government leaders recognizing this as well.” Eugene Silberstein, Director of Technical Education and Standards at ESCO.
One of many televised TCC visits is available here.


RSES is the world's leading education, training and certification association for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration professionals. RSES credentials include its Active Specialized Member, Certificate Member and Certificate Member Specialist categories, as well as one of the largest EPA Section 608 certification programs in the industry. Founded in 1933, RSES is a non-profit organization with chapters in the U.S. and Canada, as well as affiliate organizations worldwide. For more information on RSES or to become a Member, call 800-297-5660 or 847-297-6464, or visit our website at RSES, PO Box 248, Arlington Heights, IL 60006-0248.


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