More than 30 Central Florida Plumbing Academy (CFPA) students volunteered their time and skills to install plumbing at the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House under the guidance of their instructors on Tuesday, August 26.
The students are enrolled in the State Indentured Program in conjunction with Hillsborough County Schools and employed by local licensed plumbing companies. For students, the opportunity to install the museum’s plumbing provided on-the-job training hours, which are required to graduate from the four-year program. It was an excellent real-word teaching aid for instructors too.
The students worked in groups to cover different tasks. They practiced for months and the teams had to work together to address any issues that came up, said Joseph Gonzalez, chairman of the CFPA.
In support of the Academy’s generosity, Kohler Corporation and Bucks Plumbing Supply donated all the necessary materials.
|CFPA students Robert Straub and Justin Reyes work on the back flow preventer.
Thank you to the following companies for providing the students and lending their time to this project:
- McNatt Plumbing
- Bill Jackson Plumbing
- Alvarez Plumbing
- Red Cap Plumbing
- Llona Plumbing
- Henry Gonzalez Plumbing
- Jr. Long Inc.
- RoyalAire Mechanical Services
- Redi-Rooter Plumbing
- Sun Plumbing & Septic Service
- Tri-Care Services
- Amo Cruz Plumbing
- Tampa Bay Hi-Tec Evening School
- Erwin Technical School
- School District of Hillsborough County
- Central Florida Plumbing Academy
The new plumbing is part of a continued effort to rehabilitate and renovate the 100-year-old Al Lopez house.