Xylem Bell & Gossett Renovates and Reopens Little Red Schoolhouse

Xylem Bell & Gossett has celebrated the official reopening of its Little Red Schoolhouse, a training center for professionals in the hydronic heating and cooling and plumbing industries.

An extensive remodeling project has transformed the Little Red Schoolhouse in Morton Grove, Ill., into an interactive learning environment where professionals receive hands-on training to better understand how the entire HVAC system works.

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. 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,” says 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 technology figures 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 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,” says 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 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.

To learn more about the Little Red Schoolhouse, review the schedule or sign up for a course, please visit the website.

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