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Twenty-Seven Programs Granted Programmatic Accreditation

HVAC Excellence is pleased to announce that twenty-seven Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration “HVACR” programs were granted programmatic accreditation in 2017.

Knowing that the HVACR industry is one of the fastest growing career opportunities in the United States (offering careers that cannot be exported or automated), these 27 schools wanted to ensure that their HVACR programs had the resources to produce graduates with the retained knowledge necessary for success in this growing field. To accomplish this, these schools decided to pursue third-party programmatic accreditation of the program.

HVACR educators being recognized for earning programmatic accreditation, during the National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference.
HVACR educators being recognized for earning programmatic accreditation, during the National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference.

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.

To pursue accreditation, the staff at each school submitted a self-study containing narratives and examples of how they complied with each of the required standards in: Mission of the Program, Administrational Responsibilities, Finances and Funds, Student Services, Instruction Design and Program Elements, Physical Facilities, Equipment and Tools, Cooperative Training, and Instructor Qualifications. The self-studies were thoroughly assessed for compliance against each standard by the HVAC Excellence accreditation review board.

HVAC Excellence, having approved the self-study’s, sent teams to conduct on-site reviews of each of the programs. Each onsite team consist of two members, one who has served as a senior level school administrator in career and technical education, and the other as a HVACR instructor. 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 the documentation presented by HVACR educational programs and the onsite accreditation teams, the HVAC Excellence accreditation review board granted accreditation of twenty-seven programs in 2017.

Programs Granted Accreditation in 2017 (listed by state):

  • Arkansas State University – Searcy, AR
  • Arkansas Tech University – Ozark, AR
  • Lively Technical Center – Tallahassee, FL
  • Palm Beach State College – Lake Worth, FL
  • Pinellas Technical College – St. Petersburg, FL
  • Suncoast Technical Education Center – Brooksville, FL
  • Oconee Fall Line Technical College – Dublin, GA
  • Southern Crescent Technical College Griffin Campus – Griffin, GA
  • Southern Crescent Technical College – Thomaston, GA
  • Kaskaskia College – Centralia, IL
  • Waubonsee Community College – Sugar Grove, IL
  • IVY Tech Community College – South Bend, IN
  • ITI Technical College – Baton Rouge, LA
  • Louisiana Delta Community College – West Monroe, LA
  • South Central Louisiana Technical College – Morgan City, LA
  • South Central Louisiana Technical College – Reserve, LA
  • South Central Louisiana Technical College – Thibodaux, LA
  • Delta Technical College – Horn Lake, MS
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Covington, TN
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Crump, TN
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Elizabethtown, TN
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Morristown, TN
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Nashville, TN
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Newbern, TN
  • Laredo Community College – Laredo, TX
  • Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Center – New Kent, VA
  • Northern Virginia Community College – Woodbridge, VA

These HVACR educational programs are now listed in the national directory of HVAC Excellence accredited HVACR programs.

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;
  • may lead to advanced placement opportunities.

Learn more about HVACR programmatic accreditation, the standards, and nationally accredited programs by visiting www.escogroup.org and clicking on the accreditation link.