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College HVAC Teacher Gets Creative During Challenging Times

By Lisa Singleton-Rickman Staff Writer, TimesDaily

Note: this article is republished with permission from TimesDaily of Florence, Alabama.

Northwest-Shoals Community College’s Power5 Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Apprenticeship Program instructor has taken a challenging time and turned it into a teaching time through technology.

A Northwest-Shoals  Community College Power5 HVAC student in the  foreground talks with his instructor, Randy Corsbie,  via FaceTime.  (Courtesy photo)
A Northwest-Shoals Community College Power5 HVAC student in the foreground talks with his instructor, Randy Corsbie, via FaceTime. (Courtesy photo)

Randy Corsbie leads the program that began in January and wasn’t about to give up when the COVID-19 pandemic hit less than two months later.

“Technology made it easy to adapt quickly,” Corsbie said. “Our Power5 students have continued their on-the-job training as I inspect their work live through FaceTime.”

The program prepares students for a career in HVAC by synchronizing related technical instruction and on-the-job training at a sponsoring local business. Currently, the program has 14 sponsoring businesses with 23 student apprentices.

Corsbie began corresponding with students and the engagement grew as one-on-one lectures via FaceTime have opened the door for students to ask questions they wouldn’t in a regular classroom setting.

“This is one of the best things that has resulted from this difficult situation in that many of my students are more engaged,” he said.
The Northwest-Shoals program serves as a training model for community colleges across the state.

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