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Vatterott College Teams Up with Cool Down St. Louis:
Launch Friday, June 21

St. Louis area Vatterott campuses join forces to help keep citizens cool in the hot summer months

(ST. LOUIS/ June 20, 2013) This summer St. Louis area Vatterott College locations are joining Cool Down St. Louis in an effort to help the region’s most vulnerable.  Cool Down St. Louis is a bi-state area charity that builds awareness in avoiding and alleviating heat related illness and deaths, helps with utility bills and provides resources like air-conditioners. This program primarily focuses on the elderly, disabled and families experiencing financial difficulties in Missouri and Illinois. Vatterott College campuses are now collecting new and slightly used air conditioner units throughout the summer months to repair and distribute in partnership with Cool Down St. Louis and its social service partners. Donation sites are located at all St. Louis area campuses including Berkeley, St. Charles, Sunset Hills and in Fairview Heights, Ill.

Instructors inspect the units to make sure they are in good working order and notify Cool Down St. Louis when they are ready for pick up. These refurbished air conditioners are given to Cool Down St. Louis which, through an established volunteer and social service network, supplies them to area seniors and disabled adults in need.  Vatterott also joins Cool Down St. Louis in asking the public to check on their neighbors, and encourage seniors and the disabled adults to keep on their air.

To those donating units, Cool Down St. Louis will provide a tax-deductible receipt.

“It is an honor to be able to help those in need stay cool and safe during the summer heat,” said  LeeAnn Edwards, Campus Director at Vatterott College in Berkeley. “Often St. Louisans endure blazing temperatures during the summer months. Our campuses realize the importance of helping their elderly and disabled neighbors. This is a way for them to reach out and make a difference.”

Cool Down St. Louis is also providing utility assistance (while funds last) to area seniors, disabled and low-income households this summer. People wishing to adopt a senior can do so by sending a tax-deductible donation to: Cool Down St. Louis, c/o UMB Bank, P.O., Box 868, St. Louis, MO 63188 or log-onto www.cooldownstlouis.org. 100% of all public donations are used strictly to assist the needy.

The Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Service Technician diploma program is a 60-week program at Vatterott College. The associate degree program is an 80-week program with an emphasis on management. The HVAC training program provides courses in fundamental electricity, refrigeration, air conditioning and heating fundamentals. For more information call 314-264-1000 or visit www.vatterott.edu.

About Vatterott College
Vatterott College has been dedicated to providing quality career training to students seeking the skills to advance in their field since 1969. Vatterott, with its headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, has campuses across the Midwest. Diploma, associate and bachelor degrees are offered in trade industries and computer technology, with 25 locations, as well as an online division, across ten states. To learn more, please visit www.vatterott.edu.

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For more information contact:
Phyllis Weiss or Jaimie Westholt

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