Kaskaskia College is excited to announce registration is now underway for the new Associate in Applied Science Degree in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. The HVAC degree program will offer students both residential and commercial training, as well as enable students to take General Education courses specific to the HVAC trade, including: drafting, math and OSHA’s 30-hour Safety course. The new degree is an extension to the HVAC Certificate that is currently offered. Students who currently have a Certificate in HVAC from Kaskaskia College can sign up for classes to work towards the full Associates Degree.
With the heating, ventilation and air conditioning trade moving into a more “green technology”, HVAC systems are getting more complicated and thus require more extensive training. Employers are wanting employees who can move right into the field, which KC’s new AAS HVAC Degree accomplishes.
KC’s HVAC program has also restructured its certificate program which serves as the first year of the degree program replacing the Internship program with a blueprint reading course and a course specific to students gaining an EPA Certification. Anyone dealing with refrigerants require this Certification.
The revamped certification and degree program comes as the College works on remodeling its Crisp Technology Center. This project not only expands classroom space for the HVAC program, but will also include a new sheet metal laboratory. KC’s HVAC program is a hands on program taught by a highly trained faculty headed by Mark Kohnen of Germantown, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the heating and cooling industry. Kohnen says “These are exciting times for the HVAC students of Kaskaskia College, students will now have the opportunity to take the certificate course or the 2 year degree in a newly remodeled building with modern equipment for training”.
This is an exciting time for the Kaskaskia College HVAC program and students who are interested in signing up for classes or have questions should contact Mark Kohnen at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 618-545-3414.