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Propane is the third most widely used fuel in the U.S. by the number of households, second to
electricity and natural gas. All told, propane is used in roughly 50 million American households, with
7.8 million households using propane for in-home heating, 5.5 million of which depend on propane
as their primary space heating fuel.1 In addition, 4.6 million homes use propane for water heating
and over 42 million homes use propane for outdoor grilling activities.2
With the Technical School Grant Program, you can earn extra funding to give students enhanced, real-world experience with propane, and better prepare them for the jobs of tomorrow. Through this program, you can receive up to $10,000 of grant money by incorporating a provided curriculum into your program, and completing a few other requirements like acquiring specific propane tools and equipment that will take hands-on learning to new heights.
Technical School Grant Program
Application period: August 1 – November 30, 2022
Selections announced via email: December 2022
Instructional period: January – December 2023
Train the Trainer: Summer 2023
Thirty technical schools gave their students a hands-on learning experience and more career opportunities after graduation with propane curriculum and lab equipment funded by the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC).
PERC’s Technical School Grant Program awards winning technical schools and community colleges up to $10,000 for teaching approved propane curriculum from PERC, using propane equipment for laboratory instruction and encouraging students to get CETP certification.
Tier 1 : $5,000
Tier One is for schools looking for a condensed, foundational propane systems program. Tier One applicants are required to purchase a smaller set of tools, supplies, and appliances. To qualify for Tier One, you must obtain the following propane materials for your classroom:
1. Demonstrate utilization of PERC’s Overview of Propane Distribution Systems course.
2. A propane Regulator Test and demo training board.
3. A propane regulator cutaway.
4. Pressure measuring devices.
5. A liquid leak detector system.
6. Gas pipe, tubing and fitting samples.
7. A propane hydrometer and supply source cylinder with proper hose and fittings for liquid transfer outside of a building.
8. A propane gas appliance.
Tier 2 : $10,000
Tier Two features the full HVAC and Plumber Technical Training course that is developed to support a one to two-week long curriculum to dive deeper into hands-on training. To qualify for Tier Two, you must obtain item numbers 2-7 listed in Tier One, as well as the 5 items below:
1. Demonstrate utilization of PERC’s full HVAC and Plumber Technical Training course, including the 5 supplemental videos.
2. A natural draft propane appliance.
3. A category III propane appliance.
4. A category IV propane appliance.
5. Venting components
PERC selected 30 schools from 19 states for the 2021 school year.
“American companies face a shortage of young service technicians, and propane companies are no exception,” PERC President and CEO Tucker Perkins says in a press release. “For more than 100 years, propane has provided wonderful careers to bright young women and men who enjoy working with their hands as well as their brains. This grant program is designed to help more of them prepare for important, rewarding technical work in our industry.”
Winning schools chose to offer either the PERC Overview of Propane Distribution Systems training or the full PERC HVAC and Plumber Technical Training.
For schools that chose to teach students the Overview of Propane Distribution Systems, eligible lab equipment includes a propane regulator test and demo training board; a propane regulator cutaway; pressure measuring devices; liquid leak detector solution; gas pipe, tubing and fittings samples; a propane hydrometer; and a propane gas appliance.
For schools that chose to offer the full HVAC and Plumber Technical Training, eligible equipment includes the items listed for teaching the overview, plus additional propane appliances and venting components.
Each school identified a local propane adviser for the program. Propane advisers can work for a local propane company or a state propane gas association or foundation.
The following schools have been selected for the program:
- Chattahoochee Valley Community College, Phenix City
- Southern Union State Community College, Opelika
- Wallace Community College, Eufaula
- Wallace State Community College, Hanceville
- ENTECH Advanced Energy Training, Cromwell
- Southern Regional Technical College, Moultrie
- North Idaho College CTE HVAC, Coeur d’Alene
- Region Two School of Applied Technology, Houlton
- Hennepin Technical College, Eden Prairie
- Jefferson College, Hillsboro
- Columbia Falls High School (School District 6), Columbia Falls
- Montana State University, Northern Havre
- Southeast Community College, Milford
- Northwest Technical Center: St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, Ogdensburg
- Suffolk County Community College, Brentwood
- Alamance Community College, Graham
- Lenoir Community College, Kinston
- Montgomery Community College, Troy
- South Piedmont Community College, Monroe
- Upper Bucks Technical School, Perkasie
- Horry-Georgetown Technical College, Conway
- Tri-County Technical College, Pendleton
- Western Dakota Tech, Rapid City
- Collin County Community College District Technical Campus, Allen
- PHCC-San Antonio, San Antonio
- Central Vermont Career Center, Barre
- Vermont Fuel Training Center, Montpelier
- Associated Builders and Contractors Virginia Chapter, Sterling
- Blue Ridge Community and Technical College, Martinsburg
- Northcentral Technical College, Wausau
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