Midwest HVAC News
Gustave A. Larson Company
& GPS Education Partners Announce Industry Workforce Initiative.
Strategic partnership will align Education to Industry and
Students to Careers.
A. Larson Company, the Midwest, Plains and Mountain states leading
distributor of Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and
Refrigeration products, announced Monday their partnership with GPS
Education Partners, a 501c non-profit organization that uses an
innovative education model to partner students with businesses to
accelerate technical education through increased exposure to careers
in manufacturing and skilled trades.
The Larson Company is a proud leader in building industry talent
pools and future workforces using a unique Youth Apprenticeship
model designed by GPS that matches motivated student workers with
promising careers at the ground level to expose students to career
pathways in HVAC/R.
Starting with a pilot program that launched Oct 1. of this year, a
typical student’s day is divided between classroom learning and
work-based training delivered through the Larson Company and its
business partners. A mentor at the workplace assists students in
their day-to-day activities while teaching life-long skills they can
apply far beyond their apprenticeship.
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“The HVAC/R industry
is facing a growing skills gap driven by an aging workforce, the
rising employability gap and youths who are just not aware of
careers in the industry. Partnering with GPS Education Partners
will help accelerate HVAC/R careers among the young student
population by providing a future workforce to help fill our
talent pipeline, and a pipeline for our business partners,” said
Andrew Larson, chairman and CEO of the Larson Company.
The Larson Company
students will experience career pathways in the program through
rotations between its West Allis facility, and working as a service
technician apprentice with a handful of its contractor partners.
This allows students to explore different work environments and
business cultures, and to take on different roles and
responsibilities, all while earning their high school diploma.
Students can also emerge as leaders by learning self-awareness,
decision-making skills, self-management and team work. They have
opportunities to demonstrate those skills in their apprenticeship
placement, as well as in the community by participating in service
As the program
expands, the Larson Company will be reaching out to more partners to
employ more student candidates, identify mentors, and take an active
role in filling their talent pipelines with students interested in a
career in HVAC/R.
GPS Education Partners CEO and President, notes that the GPS
Work-based Learning model is successful and repeatable. “We
represent a broad community of educators and business leaders who
believe in the transformation of education and training to develop
our future workforce. This collaborative work will prepare America’s
youth for success in technical careers of the future and help
rebuild the foundation of the middle class.”
About Gustave A. Larson Company
The Larson Company is the Midwest, plains and mountain states’
leading wholesale distributor of heating, ventilation, air
conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) equipment, parts and supplies
from over 450 different manufacturers. In addition to a full line of
equipment, controls, supplies and replacement parts, each location
offers customer educational opportunities, including technical and
Family owned and operated since 1936, the Larson Company’s corporate
offices are located in Pewaukee, Wis. The company employs 450 team
members throughout 20 states and 52 locations.
To learn more visit
or call 262-542-0200.
About GPS Education Partners
GPS is a community-based nonprofit 501(c)3 and the largest,
statewide Department of Workforce Development Youth Apprenticeship
Program in Wisconsin. Our community-based education model sets us
apart, and is the catalyst to building strategic partnerships with
education, business and community entities. These partnerships
enable us to accelerate student preparation in technical careers
through powerful, credentialed work-based learning solutions.
Founded in 2000 as a Work-based Learning intermediary to support the
needs of 1 school, 1 business and 5 students, GPS Education Partners
has graduated almost 700 students, from 45 school districts and 100
dedicated business partners.
To learn more visit
www.GPSed.org or email marketing@GPSed.org.