DOBSON — Nine students recently graduated from Surry Community College’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology (HVAC) program.
The graduates were Arturo Pulido Jr. of Pilot Mountain; Gerardo Carreon, Daniel Crutchfield, Torrence Hubbard and Jed Whitaker, all of of Mount Airy; David Anderson Jr. of King, Cory Cockerham of State Road,, John Hatcher of Dobson, and Parker Henry of East Bend.
The college’s HVAC curriculum provides the basic knowledge to develop skills necessary to work with residential and light commercial systems. Topics of instruction include mechanical refrigeration, heating and cooling theory, electricity, controls and safety.
“Students enrolled in HVAC courses at Surry gain hands-on experience working on the latest high efficiency equipment as well as older heating and air conditioning systems in order to fully prepare students for anything they might see in the professional field,” the school said.
Surry offers an associate of applied science degree, a diploma, and a certificate option for those looking to study air conditioning, heating, and refrigeration.
Those who earn a diploma will be able to do preventive maintenance, service and repair, along with the installation of residential and light commercial systems. Degree graduates will also be able to demonstrate an understanding of systems selection and balance for advanced systems.
“Many Surry HVAC graduates go on to work for companies specializing in HVAC or start a business of their own,” the school said.
High school juniors and seniors can take HVAC classes tuition-free through the Career & College Promise dual-enrollment program. Registration is open for Fall 2017 classes. Students must register for fall classes before Aug. 1. Those classes start Aug. 15. For additional information contact Student Services at (336) 386-3264 or Surry’s Lead Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology Instructor Stephen Hammond at (336) 386-3572 or firstname.lastname@example.org.