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Alonzo Butler, II

  • Hometown: Kissimmee, FL
  • Employer: UA – Pulaski Technical College (NLR)
  • Trade: HVAC Tech
  • Goals: "For my short term goal, I would like to obtain my certification in HVAC and EPA. For my long term goal, I would like to start my own business."

News & Updates

When we talk about all the opportunities available in HVAC, we’re not just blowing hot air!

In spite of an ever-changing job market, the skilled trades continue to be a great career choice. As our communities grow, the demand for new housing, office space, and municipal facilities is on the rise, and those construction projects will employ many plumbers, carpenters, and electricians. And in the state of Arkansas, central heating and air conditioning is always a must! According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), HVAC job opportunities are projected to grow 15 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers was $47,080 in May 2017.

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A career as an electrician is practically recession-proof, and ACEF can connect you with Arkansas’ top employers!

Whether you’re entering the job market for the first time, or switching careers, it’s important to focus on the long-term stability of your chosen profession. Many high-tech and retail companies are particularly vulnerable to economic conditions, and even long-term employees aren’t safe from layoffs. On the other hand, there are many great opportunities for professionals entering the skilled trades, with tens of thousands of unfilled jobs currently available for people with the right training and qualifications.

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Start a new Construction Apprenticeship, and get ready to build your future!

Today’s job market is changing, and predicting the future is very challenging. Most high school students are constantly told that the key to success is completing a four year college degree, only to learn that once they graduate, they’re largely on their own. To make matters worse, they’re often also saddled with tens of thousands in debt in student loans, and are forced learn painful lessons about how expendable that they are when stock prices drop and their companies are forced to resort to layoffs.

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