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Service is important to HVAC Professor George Rosa

George Rosa

HVAC professor George Rosa

Fresh out of the military and enrolled at Elgin Community College, George Rosa credits a meeting with a Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) professor with what is now a successful teaching career.

“I met with Andy Erbach about taking heating and air conditioning classes,” he said. “(Erbach) treated me with respect and I felt a part of something special, unlike my previous experience at a university where I felt like another number. Taking HVAC courses at ECC was the best decision of my early career and the faculty, staff, and students were great.”

Rosa, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Infantry and the National Guard, became an HVACR instructor in 2007. He's still an instructor today, in addition to being an instructional coordinator of not only the HVACR program, but the IST/Maintenance Technology and Energy Management programs. He has been a past advisor for the Military Branches United student club.

Today, he uses his past experiences at ECC to encourage his students to continue reaching their goals in the HVACR program. We caught up to Rosa to ask him some questions about himself and ECC. Here's what he said.

In your words, what do you do at ECC?

I assist students in getting into a rewarding career which provides them with hands-on and professional experience. This, in turn, will allow them to provide for themselves and their families. 

What is your greatest accomplishment since you've been here?

The success of my students.

What would you do if you were ECC president for a day?

If I was president for a day I would take the day off. 

If there was a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?

Johnny Depp.

What's on your “bucket list?”

To go see the Pyramids of Giza.

What's one fact we should know about you?

I hate pickles!

What's something about your job that others should know?

It is the most rewarding job on the planet. 

What was your favorite class in school?


What was your first job out of high school?

United States Marine Corps. 

Complete this sentence: “I enjoy working at ECC because … "

It doesn't feel like a job and I work with some amazing people.


Related Link: Heating, Ventilation, A/C & Refrigeration Program

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