Since its inception in 1954, more than 62,000 engineers, contractors and other hydronic, HVAC, and plumbing professionals have been educated at the Little Red Schoolhouse. Over the last year-and-a-half, an extensive remodeling project has transformed the Little Red Schoolhouse in Morton Grove, Illinois, into an interactive learning environment where professionals receive hands-on training to better understand how the entire HVAC system works.
Known as the industry’s educator, Bell & Gossett offers seminars free of charge and is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). The Little Red Schoolhouse sets itself apart from other educational facilities in the industry by emphasizing a systems-based concept of teaching, rather than focusing on product features and benefits.
“With a mix of people attending the Little Red Schoolhouse, we want to make sure we are effectively teaching all our students,” said Mike Licastro, Bell & Gossett’s Training and Education Manager, Commercial Building Services and HVAC. “Whether it’s customers, manufacturer’s representatives, engineers, technicians or contractors, our goal is that the training provides a knowledge base that makes them better equipped to perform their daily job duties related to hydronic and steam product application and system design.”
New and improved training center
New technology figures prominently into the redesigned training center, including a redesigned mechanical room with various pieces of equipment to simulate system design and installation. Such innovations provide attendees new and exciting ways to gain valuable knowledge about hydronic and steam systems.
“The Xylem Bell & Gossett Little Red Schoolhouse has a long history of providing industry professionals with the in-depth hydronic system design knowledge they need to confidently and expertly help their customers,” said Rocio Echeverria, Vice President, Marketing, Americas Commercial Team, Xylem. “The updated learning center ensures our mission of education continues to add value to and advance the industry.”
Along with cutting-edge technology, Bell & Gossett has reinforced its emphasis on hands-on training with dedicated space for three new demonstration areas that feature functional displays of equipment for a variety of commercial and industrial applications, including variable speed controller technology, plumbing products and service and maintenance.
Picture: Mike Licastro cuts the ribbon for the grand reopening of the Little Red Schoolhouse. (Image: Xylem Inc.)