Northeast Alabama Community College (NACC) will begin a program in Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) this fall semester, which begins August 22, 2016. The program has been approved by the Alabama Community College System (ACCS), the ACCS Board of Trustees, and the Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE).
“We are very pleased to add this program to what we offer at Northeast,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “As most know, there is a need for more skilled, trained HVAC technicians in our area. Importantly, HVACR also is good background training for possible employment at data centers, such as the one Google is building in Jackson County.”
Northeast personnel did their homework before proposing the program and found that America’s Career Info Net lists HVACR as number nine in the occupations with the most openings, showing 267,600 positions listed nationwide in 2012 and 12,370 projected annual job openings. There are currently 220 projected job openings in Alabama and an average of 24 openings per year in the local area, according to a survey of local HVACR contractors.
“We are pleased to add this program to our offerings at NACC,” said Dr. Mike Kennamer, Director of Workforce Development at NACC. “These warm, summer days remind me how important HVACR technicians are in our community.”
HVACR technicians are licensed by the state and receive certifications to properly handle refrigerants. NACC will offer a short term certificate, certificate, and Associate in Applied Science degree, providing a full range of opportunities in this growing field.
“I want to especially thank our area legislators for helping us with funding for this program,” Campbell stated. “The delegation was able to obtain state funds for us to use specifically to purchase start-up HVACR equipment, which can be very expensive. Senator Steve Livingston (R Senate District 8) and Representatives Nathaniel Ledbetter (R House District 24), Tommy Hanes (R House District 23), and Ritchie Whorton (R House District 22) certainly had jobs for their constituents in mind when they secured this funding, which totaled $200,000. As always, our Workforce Development Director, Dr. Mike Kennamer, has done a great job in working to obtain other grant funding for the program as well.”
Registration for the fall semester is in progress. To register for classes or to learn about NACC or any of the programs it offers, visit the college’s website www.nacc.edu or call the Admissions Office at Northeast Alabama Community College at 256-228-6001 or 638-4418, ext. 2222. Download the college’s free App at the Apple App Store or by going to www.naccmobile.com.