Colorado Springs, Colo. – Oct. 15, 2013 – Pikes Peak Community College’s (PPCC) Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program has just been awarded HVAC Excellence accreditation. PPCC is the second college in Colorado to earn accreditation and the first public school in Colorado to do so.
The HVAC industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. according to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). With technology changing so rapidly, prospective students identify which programs will put them on the career fast track by looking for a nationally accredited program.
HVAC Excellence, a non-profit serving the HVAC industry, determines accreditation by evaluating PPCC’s program against set educational and industry standards in curriculum, faculty, student facilities, placement services, financial aid, advisory committee involvement, training facilities, equipment and safety.
“Because accreditation is voluntary, it shows that our HVAC program is devoted to going the extra mile to meet national standards and provide the community with the highest quality workforce possible.” Said Don Crawshaw, PPCC’s HVAC department chair and one of only sixty people in the U.S. to have earned the title of Certified Master HVACR Educator (CMHE).
As a result of accreditation, PPCC can provide employers with confidence in the quality of the program, assist students in selecting a program, assist students with transfer credits and help the students get advanced placement in the United Association Apprenticeship Program.
Pikes Peak Community College, in its 45th year of operation, is a two-year college offering associate’s degrees and various certifications in career and technical fields. With four campuses, two military education centers in El Paso County and nearly 200 programs of study, PPCC serves approximately 22,000 students annually.