Secondary and post-secondary HVACR training programs recognized by the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Accreditation.

ARLINGTON, Va. - HVACR training programs at Alaska's Vocational Technical Center in Seward, Alaska; Ben Franklin Career Center in Dunbar, W.Va.; North High School in Akron, Ohio; and R.G. Drage Career Technical Center in Massillon, Ohio, have been OK'd through the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Accreditation program.

According to PARHA, its accreditation certifies that an HVACR program has exceeded industry standards in its instruction, curriculum, students, faculty and facilities in the areas of residential- and light-commercial heating and air conditioning, and commercial refrigeration.

"Undergoing the accreditation process has been a learning experience for myself and our administration," said Eric Clock, facility maintenance and mechanical instructor at Alaska Vocational Technical Center. "It gave us a chance to evaluate our program and compare it to others on a national level. As a result of the accreditation, our school has achieved national recognition and been the recipient of valuable and useful equipment donations."

To become accredited, a training school must first evaluate its own strengths and weaknesses as compared to industry standards and then submit its findings in a self-study report. A survey team then conducts an on-site visit to corroborate the self-study report. The program was launched in January 2001 and has accredited 16 schools. For a list of these schools, visit www.pahrahvacr.org.