MOUNT PROSPECT, IL — HVAC Excellence announced 18 HVACR educational programs joined the ranks of nationally accredited HVACR programs in 2021. The schools granted accreditation of their heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) programs in 2021 are:
- Chesapeake Career Center, Chesapeake, Virginia
- Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, Wisconsin
- Eastern New Mexico University, Roswell, New Mexico
- Greenville Technical College, Greenville, South Carolina
- Ivy Tech Community College, Evansville, Indiana
- Ivy Tech Community College, Kokomo, Indiana
- Johnston Community College, Smithfield, North Carolina
- Lincoln Technical Institute, Mahwah, New Jersey
- New Horizons Regional Education Centers, Newport News, Virginia
- North Georgia Technical College, Clarksville, Georgia
- North Montco Technical Career Center, Lansdale, Pennsylvania
- Scott Community College, Bettendorf, Iowa
- Southside Virginia Community College, South Hill, Virginia
- Sullivan University, Louisville, Kentucky
- Traviss Technical Center, Lakeland, Florida
- United Association of Steamfitters Local 449 Technology Center, Harmony, Pennsylvania
- Valley Career and Technical Center, Fishersville, Virginia
- York County School of Technology, York Pennsylvania
While third-party accreditation of programs has always been important, aligning programs to national standards is more important today than at any time in recent history. When COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, most people, including HVACR educators, were told to stay at home to flatten the curve.
While most HVACR programs are once again offering face-to-face training, they have often transitioned to a hybrid or blended format, modifying their delivery methods, how students are being evaluated, how student progress is being tracked, and how hands-on skills are practiced and verified.
To make certain that their HVACR programs were keeping aligned with these changes, and what the industry requires from successful field technicians, these schools voluntarily pursued accreditation of their programs. Now that they are accredited, the schools can reap the many benefits of accreditation and are listed in the official directory of HVAC Excellence Accredited Programs.