SCTC HVAC Programs Receives HVAC Excellence Accreditation

Pictured L-R: Bruce Nelson, HVAC Excellence Accreditation Team Member; Alan Stanfield, SCTC Dean for Technical/Industrial Programs; Dr. Dawn Hodges, SCTC Vice President for Academic Affairs; Ricky Henson, HVAC Program Coordinator; Dr. James Crisp, HVAC Excellence Accreditation Team Member

Last week, the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program at Southern Crescent Technical College’s (SCTC) Griffin Campus and Flint River Campus received official notification of programmatic re-accreditation from HVAC Excellence.

Programmatic accreditation is an independent third party review of an educational program. The process confirms the respective programs are meeting or exceeding established standards of excellence for HVACR educational programs. These standards are designed to assure the future workforce receives the quality of training required to provide the skills necessary for success in the HVACR industry.

Accreditation standards require a thorough examination of: mission of program, administrative responsibilities, finances and funds, student services, instruction design and program elements, physical facilities, equipment and tools, cooperative training, and instructor qualifications.

“The programmatic accreditation from HVAC is further confirmation that Southern Crescent Technical College is providing quality training to our future workers. We pride ourselves on maintaining a level of excellence that is second to none as it relates to our curriculum, practical application, facilities, and learning tools,” commented Alan Stanfield, Dean for the Technical and Industrial programs at Southern Crescent Technical College.

Both the Griffin and Flint River Campuses received re-accreditation for a term of six years. SCTC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Technical Certificates of Credit. Programmatic accreditation provides an additional level of academic excellence and compliance.

“With this approval for accreditation of both campuses, students will now be able to assign this designation to their resume as it carries a higher level of distinction with certain unions and other associations. This program compliance ensures a student receives top level instruction and materials to become skilled workers in the HVAC field,” stated SCTC HVAC Program Coordinator Ricky Henson.

According the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the median national wage for all HVAC mechanics and installers in May of 2015 was $45,110. From 2014 – 2024 the BLS projects a 14% increase in employment for those seeking entry into the field, which equates to roughly 39,600 jobs nation-wide. This increase is much higher than the 7% national average growth rate for all jobs.