Southern Technical College HVAC Students Attend National Expo, Meet Author

Orlando, FL – (Feb. 10, 2016) – As part of their enrichment activities outside of the classroom, a group of students from the Orlando campus of Southern Technical College, “Southern Tech,” HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) students attended the 2016 Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo) held in late January at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

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Pictured left to right are: students Nelson Pagan-Albino and Ahmed El- Marahi, author Eugene Silberstein, HVAC instructor Paul Allen, students Joseph Adams, Neucurth V. Harrison, Antonio Garcia and Vanley Ludvig, and Randy Petit, Sr., vice president of HVAC excellence.

Comparing the experience to the mega show Comic Con, Allen said the outside exposure was a way to get hands-on exposure to the profession. “We were fortunate to meet Mr. Silverstein, author of the book ‘Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Technology,’ which is used at Southern Technical College in the HVAC program,” he said. “The students were excited to meet the author of the theory that is taught in the textbook.”

Southern Tech HVAC students are given opportunities to use their skills in the real world and to learn more about the profession as part of their career college training.

Southern Tech-Orlando is located at 1485 Florida Mall Ave.


About Southern Technical College (

Founded in 2000, Southern Technical College is a career education school dedicated to providing students with the best possible career training and education in a student-centered environment. It was founded to combine traditional and job-practical teaching techniques in the areas of allied health sciences and applied technology. Delivered in a dynamic and professional environment, the curricula are designed to deliver intensive, hands-on training in core technical areas in combination with communication skills, interpersonal skills and a broad-based general education. Southern Tech is licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education (CIE) and is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Associate degrees in Surgical Technician at the Fort Myers, Tampa and Port Charlotte campuses are accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), and the Health Information Management associate degree program at the Fort Myers campus is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).

About AHR Expo (

Habitat The International Air-Conditioning, Heating, Refrigerating Exposition (AHR Expo), which began more than 85 years ago as a heating and ventilation show, has now grown into one of the world’s largest HVACR events. The Exposition is held annually in key markets and major cities across the U.S., hosting close to 2,000 exhibitors and bringing in crowds of 60,000 industry professionals. The Show provides a unique forum for the HVACR community to come together and share new products, technologies, and ideas. The event is co-sponsored by ASHRAE and AHRI, and is held in conjunction with ASHRAE’s Winter Conference.