PPA Expands Training Facility

The PA Petroleum Association (PPA) announced the completion of the most recent phase of the planned expansion of its training center in Middletown. The expansion brings the total floorplan to more than 4,000 square feet dedicated to HVAC and energy training programs.

New classroom space in the expanded PPA training facility. PPA photo.

The PPA is a not-for-profit trade association representing 400+ energy stakeholders in the region. PPA also operates Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Technical Education Center (PPATEC) which offers leading hands-on technical training solutions for the HVAC and energy industry.

PPA’s programs offer a curriculum tailored to give candidates the baseline skills required to secure a career in the HVAC and energy sectors. The expansion will enable PPA to train hundreds of additional energy-sector professionals in the coming years.

This project marks the second building expansion of the PPATEC training program in less than three years, and is part of a 10-year strategic plan of training expansion initiatives, which also included the addition of a new Director of Training and Workforce Development at the end of 2022. The association ultimately plans to double the size of building space by 2026.

To accommodate this expansion, the association has relocated its administrative operations to a separate location in Harrisburg.

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“We’re excited to create a larger, modernized instructional facility for current and future students,” said Ted Harris, PPA’s Executive Vice President.  “The new classroom arrangement will position PPATEC for future growth by being able to accommodate far more students — all at the same time.”

PPATEC is a Pennsylvania Department of Education-approved private licensed school and VA-approved training provider.

The Pennsylvania Petroleum Association, based in Middletown, Pa., is a not-for-profit trade association that represents 400+ energy stakeholders. The PPA operates PPATEC (Pennsylvania Petroleum Association Technical Education Center) which offers leading hands-on training solutions for the HVAC and energy industry. For more information on the Association or its programs, visit https://papetroleum.org/.

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