I am the mother of a middle school kid, she is now in the eleventh grade, and her guidance counselor and her father and I are starting to talk to him about what she is going to do with her life once she walks across that stage at graduation. One thing both of us have observed in her school life is that she much prefers to work with her hands than with her head! Well, you absolutely have to use your head as well, however you know what I mean. She would rather build something, service something, or take something apart, than she would read a book and answer questions. Because of this natural inclination, I am tempted to try to tell my kid that she should look into reading as a skilled trade. I guess that skilled workers are in short supply all over the country and also especially in my state where I happen to live. We need all kinds of skilled workers, for sure, however one thing I am particular we will consistently need is heating, ventilation, and A/C installers and repairmen. If my kid decided to go to tech school, which I hope she does, I believe she would fit best in the heating and cooling program. The local tech school by us teaches a program called heating, ventilation, and A/C–R. That stands for heating, ventilation, and A/C – refrigeration. Not all trade schools teach refrigeration along with their heating and cooling program, however ours just happens to. I believe this is smart and also vital for the good of society. Our grocery stores and diners need reliable refrigeration replacement and refrigeration service, along with heating and cooling repair. I do not see any shame in reading how to install and service A/C’s and heaters. There was a time when all trades were looked down upon, and it was as if the only people who could do those tasks were those who could not do anything else. But those days are gone! And heating, ventilation, and A/C servicemen often also have flexible schedules, which is truly nice indeed.