I have been a teacher in the public school system for over twenty years. I love my job. I don’t think you get into this profession and stay as long as I have if you don’t. I have seen the good and the bad of progression in our educational system. But, I still walk away with a lot of hope for our future. When once high school was about leading students into college, that just isn’t the case anymore. More students are discovering that their dreams come in all sorts of shapes and sizes from travelling to taking hands on internships. They want to get out and experience the world. Our college fair is now a mix of recruiting for schools and internships. I live in a beach town and I have seen a steady rise in HVAC internships over the last five years. The local heating and cooling companies have more work than they can handle with climate change at the forefront. By taking high school students under their wing, they can teach them basic HVAC maintenance skills along with changing out and cleaning air filters to ductwork. This frees up so much of the HVAC technician’s time for bigger heating and cooling installations and emergency calls that come in regularly. While the students walk away with hands on knowledge, they are then prepared to work full-time after graduation with a real salary in the HVAC field. Their parents are thrilled at the skill they acquiring and as well as the job security. They are also pleased with their new heating and air conditioning systems and family discounts!