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Two students in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC/R) Program at Front Range Community College have won scholarships from a national foundation.

The Rees Scholarship Foundation awarded a $2,000 scholarship to Josh Chinn of Fort Collins and a $1,000 scholarship to Scott Johnson of Severance. Both work full time while also being students in the HVAC/R program, which is housed at FRCC-Loveland, 800 S. Taft in Loveland.


Josh Chinn


Scott Johnson

Chinn is seeking an Associate of Applied Science degree and HVAC/R certificates because he sees “endless opportunities” for the technical skills he is gaining. He works for Novation Commercial Services of Fort Collins.

Johnson is seeking certification in Light Commercial Air Conditioning and Heating and an Environmental Protection Agency license. He believes his new skills will be applicable in the workplace and save his companies money. He is a lead technician for Blue Ocean Real Estate Management and owner of Scott’s Handyman.

The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship Foundation was established to assist with the recruitment and competency of future heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration technicians by awarding scholarships to qualified students who are enrolled in an institutionally accredited school. FRCC’s HVAC/R Program has national accreditation from the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation, which is the only accreditation supported by major industry associations.


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