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Joe Roetering, Havtech

joe roetering of havtech
The community college provides the opportunity for people to improve themselves, which improves the companies they work for, like Havtech, and improves the community.
For Havtech, giving to Howard Community College is as much a strategic decision as it is philanthropic.

Havtech had been indirectly involved with HCC for many years through the work they’ve done in support of engineers and contractors that handle the mechanical design, construction and maintenance at the college. They became more directly involved with HCC in support of some of the new construction projects, such as the SET building, by meeting the challenges of making very complex and efficient HVAC systems perform as designed.

“As our partnership deepened, we learned just how much HCC has to offer us as an employer in Howard County,” says Joe Roetering, president. “We see the value of the college and how it helps people prepare to potentially work for us or one of our partners or customers in the mechanical design and construction industry.”

After naming a space in the Science, Engineering, and Technology Building, Havtech steadily increased their giving each year and in 2018 became the presenting sponsor of the HCC 5K Challenge Race. When asked about sponsoring the event, Roetering said, “Our employees really enjoy the race and we get to network with a lot of people in our community, many of whom we work with in some fashion. Plus, it fits our company’s focus on wellness.”

He continues, “Our business, the families that make up our business and our customers are located in or near Howard County. We give to HCC to help strengthen our community, utilize the resources available to make our business stronger in support of future growth and to enable the companies in our area to expand in order to support our future business growth,” says Joe.

And, they plan to continue to support the college into the future. Why?

“The community college provides the opportunity for people to improve themselves, which improves the companies they work for, like Havtech, and improves the community,” says Roetering. “It creates a stronger pool of candidates for your business, but also creates a vibrant community that attracts new business to the area. Community colleges help people develop the skills they need to do great things.”

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