California Colleges Granted HVAC
Since 1999 there has been a national movement to improve the
quality of HVACR educational programs in the Untied States
through programmatic accreditation. The national movement to
improve HVACR education has arrived in the west.
HVAC Excellence is pleased to announce that Mount San
Antonio College in Walnut, California and Cypress Community
College in Cypress, California have been granted
accreditation of their HVACR programs.
They join Fresno City College in Fresno and North American
Heating & A/C Training Center in San Bernardino who have
previously been granted accreditation of their programs as
models of excellence for other California HVACR education
programs to emulate.
L to R Coy,
Dr. Steven Donley-Dean CTE, Doug Sallade, HVACR Instructor,
Richard A. Hock-Department Coordinator AC&R, Tom Tebbe,
Carlos H. Urquidi, P.E.-HVACR Faculty - Cypress College.
The HVAC industry is one of the fastest growing industries
in the United States according to the United States
Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The
BLS has stated that 65.6% of the service persons in the HVAC
industry in 2020 will be people who were not in the HVAC
industry in 2010
With so many opportunities in the HVACR industry, how can
prospective students identify which programs will put their
career on the fast track to success? They do this by looking
for a Nationally accredited program
Programmatic accreditation is where an independent third
party HVAC Excellence reviews a program against set
educational and industry standards in: curriculum, faculty,
student facilities, placement services, financial aid,
advisory committee involvement, training facilities,
equipment and safety.
In seeking accreditation the staff at Cypress and Mount San
Antonio Colleges had to complete and submit a self study
evaluation of their programs that demonstrates how they meet
each required standard.
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The self study's
once completed were sent to HVAC Excellence for their executive
team to thoroughly assess for compliance against each standard.
HVAC Excellence having approved the self study sent an onsite
team to conduct an intense onsite review of the programs.
L to R bottom Row is:
Tom Tebbe, Jemma Blake-Judd- Associate Dean Technology and Health
Division, Claudia Wittenberg-Accreditation Specialist, Coy Gibson,
Darrow Soares- Acting Associate Dean, Career & Technical Education.
L to R top row - David Hering-Senior Tool Keeper, Lanny Richardson-
Professor HVACR - Mount San Antonio College
Having reviewed all of
the documentation from the self study and on site team visitation
report, the HVAC Excellence accreditation review committee decided
to grant accreditation of the programs.
Now that the programs have been granted accreditation they can:
provide employers with confidence in the quality of the program,
assist students in selecting a program, assist students with
transfer credits, help the students with advanced placement in the
United Association apprenticeship program.
Cypress Community College and Mount San Antonio Colleges are part of
an elite list of schools nationally and locally that have validated
their programs through programmatic accreditation.
Learn more about these programs at