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Taking a Leap into a New Life

Meet Melissa

Melissa is a mother of four who decided at 43, that she wanted to hone in on her passion for working with her hands so she took a leap and enrolled in Orleans Technical College’s A/C Refrigeration & Heating program in 2018.

Melissa began her journey at Orleans Technical College in 2018 after working many small jobs in order to make ends meet. She always knew she had a passion for working with her hands and becoming a HVAC technician would allow her to hone those skills and passion, so her leap of faith to Orleans was the best step for her future.

With the assistance of the Orleans Career Services department, she’s been employed since 2018 at increasingly skilled, and better-paying, positions at Christian Heating and Air Conditioning in Southampton. Now 47, she worked through the entire pandemic making house calls, monitoring, repairing, and installing equipment and her journey as a woman in the HVAC field has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer setting an example for young women everywhere.

Melissa now has a fulfilling career that promises success and longevity, “HVAC is definitely more fulfilling for me…thank God I thought of this when I did.”

Watch this video and get to know Melissa:

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