For Immediate Release
Southeast Kansas Career and Technical Education Center Begins Construction on HVAC Lab
CTEC in Southeast Kansas and Fort Scott Community College expands technical training opportunities for students.
Pittsburg, Kan. (Monday, November 30, 2015) - To achieve the mission of providing training programs for gainful regional employment, the Southeast Kansas Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) is constructing a new HVAC lab. The build-out construction began in November with plans to complete the project by January 2016. This HVAC lab will open up doors for students who are interested in increasing their job skills in heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration services.
CTEC’s Role in Skills Training
Southeast Kansas Career and Technical Education Center in Pittsburg, Kansas, provides courses for hands-on training for skilled labor positions for high school students, as well as unemployed and underemployed adults through a partnership with Fort Scott Community College. These jobs are in great demand in Southeast Kansas, and CTEC training offers a viable solution for eliminating the skills gap crisis in the region.
Construction on HVAC Build-Out
The building of the new HVAC classroom started in November 2015. Interior construction is scheduled for December 14 and will be completed by January 4, 2016.
About the FSCC HVAC Program
The HVAC program provided by FSCC at CTEC incorporates the skills in demand by local employers in Southeast Kansas. This is instrumental for CTEC, as the program is focused on training individuals to be readily employable once they complete their training at the center. For the HVAC program, which will be located in the new build-out in 2016, students are placed in real world scenarios with hands-on training.
Coursework incorporates electrical and mechanical systems involved with HVAC and refrigeration. Students are trained to evaluate and determine proper operation of these systems, as well as basic maintenance and repairs for commercial, industrial and residential units. Students complete the course ready to work as entry-level service and warranty technicians in HVAC systems.
Following the training program, students are prepared for EPA refrigerant handling certification. Those in charge of the HVAC program offered at CTEC are advised by a board of industry representatives and FSCC instructors. These leaders work to ensure the skills provided are on point with the latest trends, technologies and needs of the HVAC industry. The ultimate goal of the program at CTEC is to fulfill job openings in the HVAC industry within the area of Southeast Kansas.
The Southeast Kansas Career and Technical Education Center provides hands-on skills training for high school students and adult students in the vocational sector. These skilled labor jobs are at the greatest demand in this region, and by offering students tactile training they are well equipped to begin working locally. CTEC training programs help reduce the costs of education by providing students with skill sets that they can put to use immediately and locally. The program works with Fort Scott Community College, in addition to local skilled labor businesses, to ensure trainees receive appropriate and in-demand training. Contact Fort Scott Community College to learn more about signing up for the HVAC program that will be located in the new addition to the CTEC in 2016.
FSCC Contact Information
Fort Scott Community College
c/o Southeast Kansas Career and Technical Education Center
2108 S. Horton
Fort Scott, Kansas 66701