Transition to Trades Program Graduates 156th Soldier from HVAC, Electrical & Plumbing Trades

Transition to Trades, an approved CSP Program developed by Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical and U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Campbell, is pleased to announce the joint graduation of its April, May, and June classes for HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing trades.

This program, launched on July 5, 2016, allows separating soldiers the opportunity to attend Total Tech trade school (a subsidiary of Hiller, LLC) to learn valuable technical career skills while remaining active duty in the U.S. Army. Since its inception, 156 soldiers will have graduated from HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical classes. Of those graduates, 23 have reenlisted or gone back to further their education. 99 soldiers are now employed in the industry.

Total Tech offers a unique approach to technician training through classroom and hands-on laboratory instruction in a 15,000 square foot, state-of-the-art facility. As part of the program, students are guaranteed an employment interview at a branch location of their choosing. Soldiers desiring to return to their hometowns are provided key industry contact information to aid in employment searches in those respective areas.

The Transition to Trades graduation ceremony will be held on Thursday, August 10, 2017 in the Army Education Center located at 202 Bastogne Avenue, Fort Campbell, KY 42223. Keynote speakers will include Jimmy Hiller, founder and CEO of Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Col. Joseph Kuchan, Garrison Commander, and Don Miller, Institutional Director of Total Tech, LLC. Terry Nicholson, CEO of PRAXIS S-10, a national success college for contractors, will present special awards during the ceremony. In addition, student speakers and Teresa K. English, Career Skills Program Coordinator for U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Campbell will address the audience.

This graduation offers a unique opportunity, as Mr. Nicholson will speak to the graduates about his experience with contractors across the nation. As the Transition to Trades program expands to place soldiers across the United States, the network provided by PRAXIS S-10 will allow program graduates additional opportunities to remain in cities of their choosing.