Steve Smith, Dr. Jim Underwood, Mark Kohnen, George Evans, Bruce Barkau, Dr. Gregory Labyak


To Enertech, there is no substitute for a quality product installed to perfection. After all, you can purchase the very best heating and cooling equipment, but without the knowledge to install it correctly, the performance and reliability of the equipment will suffer. That’s why we are excited about being part of the HVAC lab classroom at Kaskaskia College.

Enertech recently donated a geothermal heating and cooling unit to Kaskaskia’s Crisp Technology Center in Centralia, IL. On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Enertech President and CEO Steve Smith delivered the unit to the college and presented it to Kaskaskia’s president and other faculty members. The Crisp Center houses the College’s industrial and vocational occupations programs including the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning certification program.

Kaskaskia College Crisp Center


Bruce Barkau, director of member services at Tri-County Electric Cooperative said, “When students graduate, they need to know more about geothermal than how to spell it. We need qualified and knowledgeable geothermal installers.”  

This Compact Vertical Packaged system will allow students to obtain hands-on training with geothermal equipment and to review troubleshooting situations. The unit will be able to run continuously, just like in a home or a business. Previously, the students were only able to train for a few minutes at a time on older geothermal systems connected to a water tank.

The Kaskaskia College geothermal curriculum is modeled after Enertech’s Geothermal University training program. With this in-depth coursework and a geothermal system for hands-on learning, students will be able to develop the confidence and knowledge in geothermal technology to do the job right the first time, every time.

“At Enertech we believe we are responsible for contributing to the well-being of the communities where we do business,” said Steve Smith. “This isn’t an advertisement. It’s about providing training to the next generation of HVAC technicians in our community.”

Steve is a graduate of Kaskaskia College, and we are excited to be part of this new working-learning lab at his alma mater. Other generous donations will help complete the geothermal system. Enertech would like to thank White-Rodgers for providing a thermostat and Geo-Flo for supplying a flow center for this project.


Good luck to the students of Kaskaskia College in your continued studies!