HVAC Excellence Accreditation
(Scott Community College’s HVAC program was granted six-year accreditation status by HVAC Excellence in June 2015. This is the highest level of accreditation available and our program is the only accredited program in the state of Iowa.. Below information was released by HVAC Excellence)
Scott Community College in Bettendorf, Iowa has been granted programmatic accreditation of their HVACR program by HVAC Excellence.
What is Programmatic Accreditation?
Programmatic accreditation is an independent third party review of an educational program. The process validates that established standards of excellence for HVACR educational programs are met. These standards are designed to assure that our future workforce receives the quality of training required to provide the skills necessary for success in the HVACR industry.
Accreditation standards require a thorough examination of: mission of program, administration responsibilities, finances and funds, student services, instruction design and program elements, physical facilities, equipment and tools, cooperative training, and instructor qualifications.
In order to pursue accreditation the staff at the school has to submit a self-study filled with narratives and examples of how they complied with each of the required standards. The self-study once completed was sent to the HVAC Excellence accreditation review board to thoroughly assess for compliance against each standard.
HVAC Excellence having approved the self-study sent an onsite team to conduct an intense onsite review of the program. The onsite team consist of two members, one who has served years as an HVACR instructor, the other as a school administrator.
These onsite team members are seasoned professionals that possess the knowledge, training and experience to successfully evaluate every aspect of an HVACR program. The selection of these team members gives integrity to the accreditation process and provides students with confidence in the program.
Upon a thorough review of all of the documentation presented by the school and the onsite accreditation team, the HVAC Excellence accreditation review board decided to grant accreditation of the program.
Benefits of HVAC Excellence Accreditation
Now that the HVACR program has been granted accreditation it can: provide students with quality assurance of the program, provide employers assurance that graduates are properly trained, can assist in establishing articulation agreements, is an eligibility determinant for funding, can increase enrollment, student placement and employer satisfaction is enhanced, requires faculty participation in self-study and annual reporting, can assist students in the acceptability of transfer credits, creates goals for self-improvement, can lead to advanced placement opportunities.