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Committed to Providing Job Opportunities to America’s Workers

Arlington, VA, July 25, 2019 – Today, Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) attended an event at the White House with President Trump to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the Pledge to America’s Workers.

This initiative recognizes the crucial role companies play in educating and training the American workforce. Representing ACCA at today’s event were, Barton James, ACCA President and CEO, Eric Knaak, ACCA Chairman of the Board and Vice President and General Manager, Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning, and Luis Serrano, Technician, Isaac Heating and Air Conditioning.

By signing the Pledge to America’s Workers, companies and trade groups commit to creating new opportunities over the next five years for American students and workers, whether through apprenticeships and work-based learning, continuing education, on-the-job training, and re-skilling.

“President Trump’s focus on skilled workers is having a positive impact on the heating and air conditioning industry”, says Barton James, ACCA President & CEO. “ACCA and contractors across the country are taking the Administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers, and committing to hiring and training 75,000 men and women over the next five years. We are proud to work with the President and his Administration to achieve these goals.”

One of ACCA’s Board of Directors and former Congressional Candidate, Louis Fuentes of Air Conditioning Guys, – A Becerril Family Co of El Centro, CA had this to add, “No other area has struggled with an unemployment rate so high as what we’ve historically had in Imperial Valley. Our pledge to help train and provide HVAC technicians in Imperial Valley is a small part in the President’s bigger picture. We are committed to providing the most trained, professional, up to date processes, and the latest technology to provide our customers Energy Savings and Home Comfort with their Air Conditioning Systems in this extreme heat. We’re proud to be the ONLY Air Conditioning Contractors of America Board member in all of California. We are the Hottest area after all.”

ACCA recently added new resources to its workforce development program, which is aligned with President Trump’s mission to provide advancement opportunities to America’s workforce. ACCA’s work development program helps contractors get involved with school advisory boards so they can steer education programs toward in-demand jobs like the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry. ACCA hopes to work with Administration officials to arrange educational site visits to ACCA members across the country so they can see firsthand how contractors are creating in-house training programs that will help men and women develop career paths.

For more information on ACCA’s workforce development program, please contact ACCA’s Manager of Communications, Deb Weiner at or 703-824-8862.


About ACCA

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America, is the nation’s premier trade association for heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration contractors. ACCA’s member companies provide quality service in heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, building and home performance, solar, hydronics, and plumbing. ACCA has created the nationally-recognized and industry-endorsed standards needed to ensure HVACR systems are properly installed and maintained. Learn more at

About Air Conditioning Guys

The Air Conditioning Guys, is a full service air conditioning and heating contractor serving all of Imperial valley and San Diego Counties. They have been helping customers save Energy and lower their electric bills since 1951. Located at 1413 W. Main St, El Centro, CA 92243 (760) 352-2244 Learn more at

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