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Metallica Scholar hopes to build lasting career

December 8, 2023

For ECTC Air Conditioning Technology student Tristan Morrison, his time at the college is about more than just earning a degree. It’s about creating a lasting career.

“This is a trade that can follow you until you retire,” he said. “Everyone will need their heating or air conditioning serviced at some point.”

As a recently named Metallica Scholar, Morrison appreciates that Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation is using their influence to promote technical programs.

“What they’re doing is pretty special,” he said. “Technical trades help the world go ’round, and a lot of people in these careers will be retiring soon. We need enough people to fill their shoes.”

Morrison graduated from LaRue County High School in May of 2023, but took classes at ECTC his senior. He will finish in December 2024 and already is working in his field.

“I love that air conditioning technology involves so many different things,” he said. “I’m traveling from place to place and not stuck in one building. It’s like a different job every day.”

On being selected as a Metallica Scholar, Morrison also was awarded a $500 scholarship. He was chosen because of his work ethic and dedication to his studies.

“Tristan is impressive,” said ECTC Air Conditioning Technology Associate Professor Glenn Raizor. “He’s hard working and shows initiative. The potential is there for his future to be whatever he wants it to be.”

After he graduates, Morrison will be a licensed journeyman technician, which will come with a significant increase in pay. He is considering eventually starting his own business.

“My time at ECTC has provided a lot of hands-on, real-world experience,” he said. “It’s like I’ve gotten a head start.”

Tristan Morrison