As Yale Mechanical looked back over the 80 years since our company was founded in 1939, we also wanted to look forward in commemorating our milestone anniversary. With the need for skilled trade workers as important as ever, we decided that Yale would like to help in developing the next generation of our workforce. Our company’s success has been the result of our reliable, resourceful and responsive staff, who have dedicated their careers to making our customers’ buildings work better. We know these careers continue to offer both new challenges and exciting possibilities.
For nearly 40 of our 80 years as the premier HVAC and Millwright service provider in our region, Yale has operated from locations in the city of Bloomington. So we reached out to John F. Kennedy High School Career & College Center Coordinator Rana Haroun to ask if we could provide a scholarship to support a student in starting their career in mechanical trades. With guidance from Rana and Kris Krenz, Assistant Principal, we established the Yale Mechanical Trade Scholarship in 2019.
This scholarship was designed to give financial support to a graduating senior seeking to enter the HVAC, Sheet Metal, Pipefitting, Plumbing or Millwright trades pursuing their education at Dunwoody College of Technology, Dakota County Technical College, North Hennepin Community College, Century College, Minneapolis Community & Technology College or Anoka Technical College. The high school staff coordinated the application process and chose the recipient based on criteria that we jointly developed.
We’re proud to share that Yale Mechanical CFO Jennifer Martindale awarded the scholarship to Natalie Johnson at the John F. Kennedy High School Scholarship Event on May 13. We selected Natalie based on her excellent academic achievement, future potential and interest in pursuing a career in sheet metal. Natalie’s desire to become a welder by attending Dakota County Technical College is admirable, but her ambition and motivation set her apart. Her plans for post-secondary education include earning her diploma and certification for CNC machining or sheet metal, with the goal of someday owning her own mechanical shop.
If you want to help turn the tide in favor of the trades and manufacturing sectors, please consider supporting our future workforce by working with your area high schools to support a scholarship.