HVAC Success Stories


HVAC Success Stories


Michael Nelms

Michael was already working in the HVACR industry when he enrolled at FRCC. “I won’t knock the field experience,” he says, “but I wanted the best of both worlds. School accelerated my transition from apprenticeship.” Today, Michael has his own HVACR business. He was the first person in Colorado with North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification in gas hydronics. He’s also a licensed mechanical contractor. With experience in electrical and plumbing skills as well, Michael volunteers and shares all his expertise on Habitat for Humanity projects.


John Kading

John is on his third career. He was a manufacturing engineer in Iowa, but he realized he needed a degree, so it was on to Kennesaw State University in Georgia for a bachelor of science in information systems. Then he worked in high tech in Georgia and Colorado. Anticipating a transfer and relocation, John thought about another career. His father-in-law was a retired refrigeration mechanic, and together they had replaced a couple of furnaces. So he entered FRCC’s HVACR program. “I needed to fill in some gaps,” he says. “This is a good place to ask questions. I gained insights from guys who have been in this for years.” Now, John owns his own business..