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Coastal Pines Achieves Accreditation from HVAC Excellence

Coastal Pines Technical College in Jesup, Georgia has been granted accreditation of their Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration “HVACR” program by HVAC Excellence.

Coastal Pines Technical College in Jesup, Georgia, originally known at Altamaha Technical Institute, provides workforce development and lifelong learning for the citizens  of Southeast Georgia.

Dr. James Crisp (HVAC Excellence), Jason Strickland (Dean of Academic Affairs), John Davis (HVACR Instructor), Bruce Nelson, M.Ed., CMHE (HVAC Excellence)
Dr. James Crisp (HVAC Excellence), Jason Strickland (Dean of Academic Affairs), John Davis (HVACR Instructor), Bruce Nelson, M.Ed., CMHE (HVAC Excellence)

While the HVACR industry is one of the fastest growing career opportunities in the United States, it is also one of the fastest changing industries technologically. To ensure that their HVACR program was meeting nationally established standards of excellence, they decided to pursue third-party programmatic accreditation of the program.

What is Programmatic Accreditation?

Programmatic accreditation is an independent third-party review of an educational program. The process validates that established standards of excellence for HVACR educational programs are met. These standards are designed to ensure that our future workforce receives the quality of training required to provide the skills necessary for success in the HVACR industry.

In order to pursue accreditation, the staff at the school had to submit a self-study filled with narratives and examples of how they complied with each of the required standards. The self-study, once completed, was sent to the HVAC Excellence accreditation review board to thoroughly assess for compliance against each standard.

HVAC Excellence, having approved the self-study, sent a team to conduct an intense, onsite review of the program. The onsite team consists of two members, one who has served as an HVACR instructor, the other as a school administrator. These onsite team members are seasoned professionals that possess the knowledge, training, and experience to successfully evaluate every aspect of an HVACR program.

Upon a thorough review of all of the documentation presented by the school and the onsite accreditation team, the HVAC Excellence accreditation review board decided to grant accreditation of the program.

Some of the many benefits of obtaining HVAC Excellence programmatic accreditation include: provides students with quality assurance of the program, provides employers assurance that graduates are properly trained, aids in establishing articulation agreements, serves as an eligibility determinant for funding, increased enrollment, enhanced student placement and employer satisfaction, faculty participation in self-study and annual reporting, assists students in the acceptability of transfer credits, creates goals for self-improvement, and leads to advanced placement opportunities.

Learn more about the nationally accredited HVACR program at Coastal Pines Technical College in Jesup, Georgia by visiting www.coastalpines.edu.