Lincoln Tech and Johnson Controls are offering a 6-week intensive training program called Johnson Controls Academy for building technicians at Lincoln Tech’s campus in Columbia, Maryland. The program aims to prepare the next generation of building technicians and create opportunities for employment at Johnson Controls facilities across the United States. The academy has graduated three classes of participants, with 130 or more expected to be employed each year. Johnson Controls will provide on-site housing and relocation packages, and the academy is open to applicants from various backgrounds, from military veterans to adult learners.
Participants will receive hands-on experience in the field, building upon Lincoln Tech’s EEST education. Mike Schade, VP of HR at Johnson Controls, believes that the Johnson Controls Academy will prepare graduates with the digital and technical knowledge needed to overcome challenges in the building technology industry. The program offers problem-solving and creative thinking skills, secure job opportunities, and chances for career advancement.
Joining forces to tackle the shortage of trade professionals
The partnership between Lincoln Tech and Johnson Controls is working to address the shortage of trade professionals that are expected due to career changes or retirement, which could lead to nearly 10,000 job openings each year in the next decade. In recent years, there has been a scarcity of candidates with the necessary skills, which has led to slower innovation and negative impacts on public and private organizations that rely on building technology leaders for maintaining critical infrastructure.
The Johnson Controls Academy provides a solution by inspiring passion for hands-on work and investing in a workforce that is ready for the future. After completing the Johnson Controls Academy program, graduates receive support for relocation expenses when moving to the location of their new, full-time job. Johnson Controls also provides a retention coach for a year post-graduation to ensure a smooth onboarding process. The program welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds, including military veterans and adult learners.
So far, three classes of participants have graduated and been placed in Johnson Controls technician roles throughout the US, including California, Florida, Virginia, Illinois, and Nebraska. Johnson Controls and Lincoln Tech established the Johnson Controls Academy in 2020 during the pandemic. The academy provides quick skills-based learning for fields with a growing need, and Lincoln Tech was a key partner in making it happen.
The origin and background of these organizations
Lincoln Tech has been providing career-oriented programs in automotive technology, health sciences, skilled trades, information technology, and hospitality services since 1946. Johnson Controls claims to be a global leader in creating smart, healthy, and sustainable buildings. They have almost 140 years of experience in innovating to transform where people live, work, learn, and play. Their mission is to improve the performance of buildings to better serve people, places, and the planet.
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Source: Johnson Controls press release