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Photographed from left to right: Dr. James Crisp, HVAC Excellence; Dr. Eugene Basil, Dean of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies Division; Brian Eadens, Assistant Professor, Air Conditioning Technology; Christopher Jeter, Assistant Professor, Air Conditioning Technology; Dr. James McCaslin, Provost; Mark Garrett, Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness; Lou Vendrell, M.A., CMHE, HVAC Excellence

Bowling Green, KY– Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College in Bowling Green, Kentucky has been granted accreditation of their Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) program, by HVAC Excellence.

In 1939 the average home was $3,800, a new car would set you back $700, a gallon of gas cost 10 cents per gallon, Gone with the Wind and the Wizard of Oz debuted in the box office. In addition, Western Trade School opened its doors in Bowling Green, Kentucky, opened in part as a result of the National Youth Administration. The agency was created under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, to create jobs and put Americans to work.

A great deal has changed in America since the 1930’s, including the school's name, now Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. However, their mission remains the same, to empower individuals to achieve excellence through innovative and equitable learning opportunities. To meet their goals, they strive to offer technical training programs that meet or exceed national standards. To validate that their Air Conditioning Technology program currently met nationally established standards of excellence, they decided to voluntarily pursue third-party programmatic accreditation of their HVACR program. 

Programmatic accreditation is an independent third-party review of an educational program. The process validates that established standards of excellence for HVACR educational programs are met. These standards are designed to ensure that our future workforce receives the quality of training required to provide the skills necessary for success in the HVACR industry.

In order to pursue accreditation, the staff at the school had to submit a self-study filled with narratives and examples of how they complied with each of the required standards. The self-study, once completed, was sent to HVAC Excellence, allowing their accreditation review board to thoroughly assess for compliance against each standard.  HVAC Excellence, having approved the self-study, sent a team to conduct an intense, onsite review of the program. The onsite team consists of two members, one who has served as an HVACR instructor, the other as a school administrator. These onsite team members are seasoned professionals that possess the knowledge, training, and experience to successfully evaluate every aspect of an HVACR program. 

Upon a thorough review of all the documentation presented by the school and the onsite accreditation team, the HVAC Excellence accreditation review board decided to grant accreditation of the program.

Some of the many benefits of obtaining HVAC Excellence programmatic accreditation include:

• Provide prospective students with quality assurance of the program
• Give employers assurance that graduates have access to a quality education
• Aid in establishing articulation agreements
• Serve as an eligibility determinant for funding
• Can lead to increased enrollment
• May enhance student placement and employer satisfaction
• Encourages faculty collaboration
• Can assist students in the acceptability of transfer credits
• Establish goals for self-improvement
• May lead to advanced placement opportunities

Now that the program has earned national accreditation, it is listed in a public directory of accredited HVACR programs. Learn more about the accredited HVACR program at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College .