Saint of SF | Jeremiah Neal

Saint of SF | Jeremiah Neal

Portrait of Jeremiah Neal taken for the Saints of Santa Fe College series on Sept. 14, 2022 in Gainesville. (Photo by Matt Stamey/Santa Fe College)

“In my previous profession as a facilities and maintenance technician with Trinity Methodist Church, I often found myself coordinating service calls and troubleshooting air conditioning units prior to the arrival of the HVAC. I enjoyed the process of troubleshooting the problems and determined that I had a serious interest in learning more about HVAC&R (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration).  

I’m excited about what the future holds and growth potential. I recently graduated in August and have already accepted a position with the Collier Company at the Polo Apartments. I want to build upon the skills I’ve learned through both facilities maintenance and the HARV program at SF.

I was dealing with some personal stuff when I first started the program. My sister had recently passed away and I was expecting my first child. It would have been really easy to give up, but the other students and SF instructors encouraged me. They were genuinely supportive.  

I also sought assistance through My Brother’s Keeper (MBK). The information I received was tremendously helpful, especially in navigating issues with financial aid.  

Going into a classroom and not knowing all of the terminology or even the fundamental basics of how HVAC systems operate was a little intimidating, but the curriculum introduced the elements and components in an easy-to-understand way and I built confidence as I went through the program. 

Long-term I’d love to eventually have my own HVAC&R business and share my gift to the world, one day at a time.” 

-Jeremiah Neal, C.T.C., Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration Technology 

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