GTCC PROGRAM FIRST TO RECEIVE ACCREDITATION IN NC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FEBRUARY 3, 2016

The GTCC HVAC-R program is comprised of GTCC instructors (from left to right) Chris Sizemore, Jeffrey Underwood and HVAC-R Department Chair James Williams. (Carla Kucinski/GTCC)

The GTCC HVAC-R program is comprised of GTCC instructors (from left to right) Chris Sizemore, Jeffrey Underwood and HVAC-R Department Chair James Williams. (Carla Kucinski/GTCC)

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — Guilford Technical Community College’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology program has received accreditation from HVAC Excellence, the oldest and largest HVAC/R programmatic accreditation organization. GTCC’s HVAC/R program is the first in North Carolina to receive HVAC Excellence programmatic accreditation.

Programmatic accreditation is an independent third party review of an educational program. The process validates that established standards of excellence for HVAC/R educational programs are met, according to HVAC Excellence’s website. The purpose is to ensure that students are receiving quality training in order to succeed in the industry.

HVAC-accreditation_logo_webAs part of the accreditation process, HVAC Excellence conducted a thorough review of nine standards:  HVAC program’s mission, administrative responsibilities, finances and funds, student services, instruction design and program elements, physical facilities, equipment and tools, cooperative training and instructor qualifications.
In HVAC Excellence’s review, it commended GTCC’s HVAC/R program for its communication between its instructors and students, the development of a HVAC/R professional student club, and students installing a heating and cooling system in a Habitat for Humanity house last year.

Employment of heating, air conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers is projected to grow 14 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Graduates of GTCC’s HVAC/R program are currently working in building maintenance, city/county municipal services and school systems and as HVAC contractors, installers and service technicians. The program graduated its largest class of 20 students in 2014-2015.

GTCC’s HVAC/R program offers an associate degree as well as a diploma. To learn more, visit http://degreeprograms.gtcc.edu/air-conditioning-heating-and-refrigeration-technology/.

Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at www.gtcc.edu.

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— Carla Kucinski/GTCC