On April 28, U.S. Navy veteran Nick Hughes received $1000 worth of tools from a scholarship sponsored by Goettl Air Conditioning. With only a few weeks left until graduation, Hughes will leave the College of Southern Nevada fully prepared for a career as an air conditioning technician.
“The tools you need are so expensive, and there are so many you need,” said Hughes, 28. “It’s amazing and awesome to have that kind of support, for the community to get together to support a veteran.”
Hughes served for seven years as a cook in the Navy. He currently works at a local HVAC contracting firm.
The Post 9/11 Veterans Tools award is sponsored by Ken Goodrich, owner of Goettl Air Conditioning. Goodrich says that the goal of the scholarship is to help military veterans "start out strong in the HVAC industry.”
Goodrich also sponsors the J. Duncan Goodrich Air Conditioning Technology Lab at CSN, as well as the "Son of a Gun" Scholarship which is awarded to a current student from a multiple generation family in the air conditioning industry.