CPCC, partners to develop HVAC Center of Excellence

last modified Oct 21, 2013 08:26 AM

Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC), working with Trane and the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), will establish an HVAC Center of Excellence at the Harper Campus, which will enhance CPCC’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration (AHR) Technology program.

CPCC’s partnership with Trane and NC3 and the development of the HVAC Center of Excellence will provide a number of benefits to the college and its students. These include:

  • Strengthening CPCC’s ability to maintain state-of the-art facilities, incorporating the latest in technological advancements;
  • Providing access to standardized and continually updated certification curriculum and assessment tests;
  • Offering professional development and train-the-trainer activities to keep CPCC instructors current with rapidly changing technologies;
  • Allowing CPCC to participate in the development of national training curriculum and certification standards;
  • Adding more certification training into for-credit academic programs; and
  • Receiving discounts on state-of-the-art HVAC equipment for student use.

“Employers prefer to hire technicians who have demonstrated technical skills through third-party providers,” explained Jay Potter, CPCC Harper Campus dean and dean over Applied Technologies and Construction Technologies programs. “CPCC’s partnership with NC3 and Trane will provide students the ability to obtain nationally recognized industry credentials. These HVAC credentials will help students obtain the high-skilled/high-wage jobs that are in demand and assist companies in selecting the best qualified candidates for available positions.”

Trane, a brand of Ingersoll Rand, headquartered in Davidson, N.C., is an industry-leading manufacturer of a broad range of energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; dehumidifying and air cleaning products and advanced building controls.

NC3 is a network of education providers and corporations that supports, advances and validates new and emerging technology skills in the transportation, aviation and energy industry sectors. NC3 addresses the need for strong industry partnerships with educational institutions in order to develop, implement and sustain industry-recognized certifications that have strong validation and assessment standards.

“We are extremely excited to partner with CPCC, recognizing the skills leadership role the school provides for the Mid-Atlantic region and on a national basis,” said Dan Ramirez, NC3 director, strategic marketing & development.

The AHR Technology curriculum at CPCC includes a full associate degree program, a diploma program and seven certificate programs offering specializations in critical areas of air conditioning, heating and refrigeration. The AHR Technology program is based at CPCC’s Harper Campus. For more information, see http://www.cpcc.edu/hvac.