Paul D. Camp Community College expands opportunities in heating, ventilation and air conditioning

For the first time, Paul D. Camp Community College is offering heating, ventilation and air conditioning classes to high school dual enrollment students beginning this fall semester.
“We expect at least seven students from Franklin High School to be enrolled in the program,” said Dual Enrollment Coordinator Jeanette Pellegrin. “We’re extremely excited about this new partnership that will allow high school students to learn a trade in a field that has so many job opportunities. Students who successfully complete the program will graduate with a set of skills that should make them very hirable right away.”
HVAC is a one-year, 24-credit program where successful completers earn a Career Studies Certificate in heating, ventilation and air conditioning.
“The student is then prepared to take the EPA Refrigerant Handlers Certification test, which is a nation-wide credential that is essential for HVAC technicians,” said Industrial Trades Lead Faculty Richard Baker.
According to Baker, this will also be the first time that HVAC classes will be offered during the day, which will provide more options to students. “The classes are open for the public to take as well,” he said. “And since it is a 24-credit course, general students may apply for financial aid to assist them with the cost.” Pellegrin noted that the dual enrollment students will not need to apply for aid because Franklin High School has partnered with the college to offer dual enrollment classes at no tuition charge to the student.
HVAC classes are offered on the Franklin and Hobbs Suffolk campuses beginning Sept. 8. Seating is limited. For more information, contact Baker, or 757-569-6729.