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April 22, 2014

Ivy Tech HVAC/R program earns six-year accreditation

Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Region has earned a third multi-year accreditation for its Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology program from the international HVAC Excellence accreditation review board.

The six-year accreditation was awarded with distinction recently after an extensive self-study and on-site visit. It represents validation of the Ivy Tech training program by the third-party accreditation process that evaluates HVAC/R training programs and certifies HVAC/R technicians around the world.

“Ivy Tech Kokomo was the first campus in the Ivy Tech system to achieve accreditation for its HVAC program back in 2000,” said Randy Gardner, chair of the HVAC/R program for Ivy Tech Kokomo Region who, as chair of HVAC/R training for Ivy Tech statewide, has helped implement the accreditation process across all HVAC/R programs at the college’s other campuses.

The Ivy Tech program prepares students to work in the HVAC/Refrigeration field as technicians who specialize in installing and maintaining heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. Ivy Tech has been a leader in the training of HVAC/R personnel and accreditation gives it the ability to award the prestigious HVAC Excellence certifications sought by employers. Ivy Tech is the only institution in the state that offers these certifications.

Gardner noted the Ivy Tech program has successfully placed 98 percent of its graduates in HVAC/R jobs, many with jobs promised before graduation. Weiss expects that high job placement to continue as demand grows in the HVAC/R industry.

“The HVAC/R industry predicts more than two-thirds of the people it employs in 2020 will have joined since 2010. This means the HVAC/R industry needs to recruit and train nearly 70 percent of its 2020 workforce in the next decade. That’s a lot of new jobs — and they are jobs that can’t be automated and can’t be moved overseas, and they pay well.”

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