Open House scheduled for Virginia College’s new HVACR program

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Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City will host an open house showcasing its new Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician program for members of the community on Thursday, Aug. 17 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Located at 2950 East Texas St., Suite C, the event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony in conjunction with the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce and the Bossier Chamber of Commerce, hard hat tours and refreshments throughout the event.

Community members are invited to attend the open house to learn more about this new program and to get a sneak peek of the new facility. The new program is set to launch at the campus on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.

“We are delighted to host an open house for the community to showcase our HVACR program,” says Campus President Cathy Clark. “This new program will help students to earn a diploma and develop professional and ethical practices in the HVACR field with a positive attitude and strong customer service skills.”

The new HVACR diploma is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely install, troubleshoot and repair equipment used in the home and light commercial industry. This program also includes preparation for the following certification examinations: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification, Industry Competency Exams (ICE) and North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification.

Upon successful completion from this program, graduates will be able to isolate malfunctions in heating, air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration systems as well as design, fabricate and install ductwork to provide proper airflow in heating and cooling systems, among other skills.

Completion of the HVACR training can take as little as 48 weeks. Students who receive their HVACR diploma can pursue careers as HVACR technicians, HVACR installer/repair technicians or small appliance technicians. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections, jobs in this area are projected to grow an average of 14 percent. The Virginia College Career Development team will help students in this program to develop job-search skills and open doors to employment.

To learn more about Virginia College in Shreveport, visit www.vc.edu/Shreveport.