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Las Vegas Entrepreneur Establishes $100,000 Endowment for Veterans at College of Southern Nevada
Published on Fri, May 24, 2013 (4:53 p.m.)LAS VEGAS - (May 24, 2013) – Kenneth D. Goodrich, HVAC industry veteran and managing partner of Nevada investment group Phoenix Peach LLC, announced today that he has established a $100,000 scholarship endowment at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN). Titled the Kenneth and Wendy Goodrich CSN Post-9/11 Veteran HVAC Employment Program, the endowment was developed to aid military veterans enrolled in the school’s Air Conditioning Technology program.
CSN, the largest higher education institute in the state with three main campuses, plans to use the funds to help military veterans who are graduates of the program purchase the necessary tools so they can immediately go to work in the HVAC industry in Southern Nevada.
“Veterans have the type of good, strong training that employers in the air conditioning industry want to see,” said Dennis Soukup, chair of the CSN Applied Technologies Department. “With their military training, the knowledge they receive from CSN and now the tools provided by this endowment, we expect these veterans to easily transition into lifelong careers following graduation.”
Tools are a necessary component for individuals looking for employment in the competitive HVAC industry. While some employers provide a portion of these tools, essential items such as gauges and meters can often cost a worker more than $1,000. CSN plans to use the endowment to develop toolkits for these veterans, presenting them upon graduation.
The endowment was envisioned by Goodrich to act as a subsidy to the existing Post-9/11 GI Bill. This bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001. However, the bill does not cover the costs of items such as the aforementioned tools, creating a need that Goodrich sought to help fill.
“I have had the pleasure of meeting many veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq, and they are the type of disciplined, responsible people that employers in the air conditioning industry need,” Goodrich said. “I am proud to provide this endowment as a means to help veteran-students in Southern Nevada easily transition into their careers. These are our nation’s heroes, and I’m excited to see what they accomplish in this next phase of their lives.”
The endowment is expected to reach more than a dozen of the more than 360 students currently enrolled in the Air Conditioning Technology program at CSN. However, as more and more servicemen and women return from active duty, Soukup anticipates that the number of veterans in the program will increase significantly over the next few years.
Goodrich has owned and operated successful air conditioning companies throughout the Southwest for the past 25 years. His first-hand knowledge of the skills and equipment that successful employees must have provided him with the insights necessary to see this need for veterans enrolled in air conditioning programs. As a Las Vegas native, contributing to CSN in an effort to fill this need was a natural next step for the entrepreneur-philanthropist.
Goodrich has also donated equipment and established additional endowments at CSN in the past. In addition, he currently owns the successful Goettl Good Guys Air Conditioning Repairmen and The Sunny Plumber companies in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz., and he plans to launch the Good Guys Air Conditioning Repairmen brand in Southern Nevada next year.