July 2, 2015

The Nexstar Legacy Foundation has announced GTCC student Jeffrey Reichl as the first recipient of the $5,000 Troops to Trades/AC Pro scholarship.

This scholarship is available to veterans who are interested in entering the heating and cooling (HVAC) service industry. The Troops to Trades program is dedicated to increasing the number of veterans, National Guard and Reserve members who successfully find careers in the plumbing, HVAC and electrical industry.

Reichl of Greensboro, N.C. served in the Army for five years as a part of the historical 82nd Airborne. He served two tours overseas in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a Parachute Infantryman. He states: “My military service is something I am very proud of.  I did a lot of great things for my country. My deployments helped me to become the man I am today. I will never regret my choice to serve with the U.S. Army Paratroopers.”

AC Pro has donated $5,000 annually to the Troops to Trades program since 2014. In 1986, AC Pro was founded on the core values of integrity, courtesy, and service. They believe hard work, loyalty, and a dedication to being the best are core values in the veterans who have unselfishly served this country, and are great traits to bring to this rewarding HVAC industry. The AC Pro Scholarship is an opportunity to give someone who shares the core values of AC Pro the chance to gain the skills needed to begin a rewarding career outside the uniform – not just for them, but for their family as well. It’s an opportunity for AC Pro to give back to someone who has given to our country.

The Nexstar Legacy Foundation is dedicated to attracting talented individuals to the heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical industries, by inspiring these people to discover the prestige, earning power and stability of careers in these fields. The foundation accomplishes this by being the leading resource for information on careers and training, as well as a source of financial aid.

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