5 Tips to Succeed in HVAC with Sandra Garza

tips to succeed in HVAC

Demand for technicians with heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) training is on the rise. Tremendous opportunities for people with the right HVAC-R training continue to emerge. Learn more about our HVAC program here.

HVAC graduate and business owner Sandra Garza gives five great tips to succeed in the HVAC field!

Sandra Garza: Tips to succeed in HVAC career is knowledge, integrity, personality, continuous education or training and honesty. When you’re with a customer, it’s important to be knowledgeable especially as a woman, because when you go into a customer’s house you’ll get those customers who would say, “You’re a woman. What do you know?” Be ready to answer any questions whether it’s simple or difficult. They want to know what’s in their home. The more information they have about it, the safer they are.

Personality. No one wants to deal with a person who’s not approachable. Talking with your customers, you make them feel that they’re part of the whole repair experience. They’ll appreciate the training, reading materials, news articles, on the internet, even going to the manufacturer website. Just a short video, because this industry has changed a lot. If you’re on top of the new equipment, the new technology, the new stuff that’s coming out. There are homes that have older units. There’s homes that have newer units. If you have the continuous training, you’re able to repair anything.

You’re able to go into a home and not be surprised with something you’ve never seen before. I think the number one way to build your client base is word of mouth. I’ve done jobs just by being sociable more with people on the street or I’m in a grocery store and I will leave a business card and start talking to someone. You’ll never know that person may need something. It always turns out that way. Do a good job with one person and it will go a long way.

Five Things to Know about Medical Billing and Coding

Medical Billing and Coding

Medical Billing and Coding
Medical billers and coders perform tasks that are essential to keeping physician’s offices, immediate care facilities and other medical care settings open. Sometimes billing and coding are done by the same person, depending on the facility. Receive your medical billing and coding training at Coyne College!

Here are five things you should know about medical billing and coding specialists:


Alumni Spotlight: Yolanda Rodriguez – HVACR

HVACR Program

“Coyne was my first stepping stone to a better life. This is where I did my 180.” Hear from our graduate Yolanda Rodriguez on her experiences in Coyne College’s HVAC-R program.

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Yolanda Rodriguez: My name is Yolanda Rodriguez, I am an HVAC technician at Johnson Controls.


Coyne was my first stepping stone to a better life because this is where I did my 180, my family wasn’t really supportive of me at first. They also called it a man’s job. My grandfather from my mother’s side was actually the first person to sit there and say, “that’s what you want to do, I encourage you to do it.”

The first day I met Mr. Rantos and I met my class, I walked in I was nervous. I was like, “What if I’m going to be the only girl? What are the guys going to think about me? Are they going to pick on me?” From the first time they saw me they were like, “a woman.” [laughs] I laughed, they smiled, I sat down and I kept to myself and they became family, you’re like my big brothers.

I went in there at first feeling like, “Nobody is going to want to work with me, I’m a woman.” I’m thinking all these negative thoughts, but then in the end they were asking me questions and my opinions. Not only did I become a tutor, but I was making bonds with the teachers. They were letting me teach sometimes, they were letting me express myself in ways that I couldn’t even imagine.

I want to tell women that it’s possible. That you don’t have to fear, just go with it. You don’t have to settle in for any negativity whatsoever. You can overcome it. I know it’s hard, it’s very hard, but it takes a lot of practice, takes a lot of courage within yourself to overcome it, but it’s possible. I know that because I did it, I graduated with a 3.9. I was valedictorian and I felt like I really made the impact because I had that will and I made that way, I chose my way.

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