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DTC tech programs get accreditation

Clarkston -- The air conditioning technology, commercial refrigeration and building automation systems training programs at DeKalb Technical College in Clarkston, have received national accreditation through the Partnership for Air Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation

Accreditation from PAHRA certifies that DeKalb Tech's Division of

Industrial Technologies' AC, CR and BAS programs have exceeded industry standards in its instruction, curriculum, student, faculty-qualification and facility standards set forth by the industry in areas of residential air conditioning and heating, light commercial air conditioning and heating, and commercial refrigeration.

PAHRA accreditation benefits DeKalb Tech's students as well as the

industry, and a school's bearing the "gold seal approval" within the

industry assures students they are receiving the highest-quality

education available within their area of study.

"Apart from receiving accreditation as an institution, it speaks well of

our programs at DeKalb Tech, and it also gives us national visibility,"

said Jeryll McWhorter, instructor with the college's Division of

Industrial Technologies, who six years ago initiated the school's

accreditation process, monitored and guided it, along with fellow

division instructors.

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.

Training programs seeking PAHRA accreditation volunteers to have its quality compared to national standards established by industry

professionals. PAHRA is validated by representatives from each major HVACR trade association and is available to all training programs, whether they are secondary, post-secondary, public or private.

Launched in 2001, the accreditation program was created to establish national educational standards for accrediting HVACR programs.

"This accreditation also bolds well with our industry partners, because when we go to them with our particular needs, such as seeking donated equipment, they know that our programs are accredited through PAHRA," adds McWhorter.

The PAHRA is an independent, third-party organization that is a

partnership between heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and

refrigeration educators and the HVACR industry that will award

accreditation to programs that have met and/or exceeded industry

validated standards. Accreditation is valid for five years from the date

the accreditation certificate is issued.

Partnerships in PAHRA include the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration

Institute, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, the Gas

Appliance Manufacturing Association, the North American Heating,

Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Wholesalers Association, the Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors Association and the Council of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Educators.

DeKalb Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of

Georgia, promotes a student-centered environment for lifelong learning and development, encompassing academic and technical education for employment in a global community. The college has nine centers of learning in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale, and Morgan counties. DeKalb Technical College currently has more than 5,000 students enrolled in diploma or degree programs and more than 9,000 in adult education classes. Academic and technical programs at DeKalb Tech cover more than 120 different occupations. For more information, visit the DTC Web site at www.dekalbtech.edu.

DeKalb Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of

Georgia, promotes a student-centered environment for lifelong learning and development, encompassing academic and technical education for employment in a global community.

The college has nine centers of learning in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale and Morgan counties. DeKalb Technical College currently has more than 5,000 students enrolled in diploma or degree programs and more than 9,000 in adult education classes. Academic and Technical programs at DeKalb Tech cover more than 120 different occupations.