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Helms College Launches New HVAC Program

School enrolling students now to train for in-demand careers

(MACON, Ga) – Helms College is enrolling students now for a new diploma program in its School of Industrial Trades designed to fill in-demand jobs in the Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration industry.

“The advisory board for Helms College identified a real need for skilled HVACR technicians in Middle Georgia,” explained Dr. Gary Markowitz, Senior Vice President of Education at Helms College. “This program is going to provide students with hands-on learning in a growing industry that will value the skills they acquire at Helms College.”

Advisory Council members for the Helms College School of Industrial Trades include Calvin Hayes and Cal Hays of Hays Service; Zachary Collins, Cory Treadway and Matthew Collins of We Care Heating & Air; and Kumar Ramaiya of Hamlin Air Conditioning & Sheet Metal, Inc.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate 15 percent job growth is expected between 2016 and 2026 for HVACR technicians, roughly twice the national growth pace of all occupations, and 71 percent of employers require post-secondary education to fill those positions.

The new program is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required for entry-level employment in residential and commercial refrigeration, gas furnaces, heat pumps, electric furnaces and air conditioning equipment. The school received approval for the new four-quarter program of study from the Georgia Nonpublic Postsecondary Education Commission last fall and from the national Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training in February. Classrooms and the learning lab will be built adjacent to the Polly Long Denton School of Hospitality on Eisenhower Parkway in Macon. Federal financial aid is available for those who qualify.

“Our model for all our programs is to deliver a comprehensive curriculum with extensive hands-on training,” explained Markowitz. “We help students develop their talents and abilities so they can embark on career pathways that will change their lives and the lives of their families.”

For more information on the new HVACR diploma program at Helms College, contact the admissions office online at www.Helms.edu or by calling 844-GO HELMS.