New HVAC Program Receives State Approval

January 10, 2019


JWCC Receives Illinois Community College Board Approval for New HVAC program to Begin this Fall

One-year Certificate Developed with Area HVAC businesses to Meet Regional Demand


The Illinois Community College Board (ICCB) recently approved John Wood Community College’s newly developed Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) one-year certificate program.  The new program will begin enrolling students this fall.


Area HVAC industry leaders expressed a need for more technicians within the community in the fall of 2018.  Over the last year, JWCC worked with an advisory council comprised of eight HVAC businesses and experts to develop HVAC-specific courses, identify internship sites and acquire equipment necessary to deliver the program. 


“We have a great need for HVAC technicians in this region, and are grateful that John Wood has worked with us to create a relevant program that will prepare students to step in and earn a head-of-household salary in a growing field,” Ryan Keck, chair of JWCC’s HVAC Council shared.  “Because HVAC businesses were part of developing this new program, we built in extra hands-on internship opportunities so JWCC students will have an advantage and have the inside track as they work in area businesses as part of their training.”

 The certificate includes 11 courses and two internship experiences. Five new courses were developed in collaboration with the advisory council and include Refrigeration Fundamentals, Heating Principles, Heating and Cooling Controls and Commercial Air Conditioning Systems.  First semester and capstone HVAC internship experiences were also created.  Five of JWCC’s existing Industrial Maintenance Courses were identified to provide the necessary foundational knowledge for the HVAC program. Those include technical math, wiring, motors/controls, pumps/piping and mechanical systems.  A one-credit college success course will also be required for the certificate.

 Businesses on the JWCC HVAC advisory council include Keck Heating and Air Conditioning, Blessing Hospital, AireServ of Quincy, T. F. Ehrhart Company, Air Specialists Heating and Air Conditioning and Klingner & Associates.

 The next step in the HVAC program’s development is becoming eligible for Federal financial aid, a process that is currently underway and tentatively set for approval in March.   Students may apply for admission and learn more by contacting or 217.641.4337 for more information.


John Wood Community College is the educational link between business and community. JWCC collaboratively creates innovative and relevant academic and training programs with business leaders to educate young people and the workforce for today’s needs and tomorrow’s opportunities. JWCC has centers in Quincy, Pittsfield, Baylis and Mt. Sterling, Illinois. Programs include a comprehensive baccalaureate transfer curriculum, customized business training, career/technical degrees and certificates and personal enrichment courses.

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