Hopkinsville, Kentucky – Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) is adding a new air conditioning technology degree program beginning in August. Students who enroll in the program will have the opportunity to earn 5 degrees.
As students complete coursework in the program, they will earn four short-term certificates, including: Building Controls Technician, Environmental Control Systems Repairer, Environmental Systems Repair Helper, and Refrigeration Mechanic.
Students will also be able to obtain special certifications and licenses. In order to work with the refrigerant, students will need to obtain an EPA license. They will also have the opportunity to obtain an OSHA 10 safety card and prepare for the journeyman test.
HCC’s Air Conditioning Technology program is a cohort style, which means students will start together in August and take classes with the same group until completion. Classes will be held in person on the Hopkinsville campus from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.
Dennis Alvey is the instructor for the new program. He comes to HCC from California with extensive experience in education, residential and commercial HVAC. “There is a high demand for HVAC workers in this field,” he explains. According to Emsi – Economic Modeling, LLC, the field has grown by 7.9% over the past three years, and further growth of 1.8% is expected in the current year through 2026.
HCC’s Air Conditioning Technology program is approved for the WorkReady Kentucky Scholarship, which offers Kentucky residents who meet the minimum requirements up to 60 credit hours tuition-free. Military personnel or spouses stationed in Kentucky for more than 30 days are also eligible for Work Ready. Tennessee soldiers are eligible for the scholarship with orders or spousal orders.
About Hopkinsville Community College
For many residents of the Pennyrile Kentucky and Fort Campbell area, higher education begins at Hopkinsville Community College (HCC). The college serves thousands of area residents annually as a comprehensive regional learning center offering academic and technical associate degrees; degree and certificate programs in professional fields; pre-baccalaureate education; adult, continuing and developmental education; personalized training for business and industry; and distance education.
As part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, HCC is a vital part of transforming the region’s economy by providing citizens with the education and training needed for high-growth, high-paying careers.
For more information, visit Hopkinsville.kctcs.edu.