September 13, 2016

Steve O'Keefe
College Relations

If your furnace goes out on a cold and snowy night or if you air conditioning unit stops working on the hottest day of the year, you want a qualified technician on hand to fix it quickly.  If that technician received his or her training at John A. Logan College, you can rest assured in knowing that they were trained at one of the top 20 HVAC programs in the United States.

Educational company, Sechel Ventures, operates which according to their site, works to bring deep, hard-to-find educational content to the surface, so that students may learn more about classes and the instructors who teach them, as well as HVAC specialization, accreditation, and certification.  The site recently ranked John A. Logan College as one of the top 20 HVAC Programs in the nation.  

One of the reasons for the success of the JALC program is the type of equipment that students are able to work on.  For an institution in Illinois, where a budget has not been passed in over a year, getting state-of-the-art equipment often means reaching out to private industry to insure students have the best possible equipment to train on.

“We are so thankful for all that our industry has done to make sure future technicians receive the best possible training. In the past year alone we have received donations from AHRI (Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute) who donated nearly $100,000 worth of equipment including residential AC units, gas furnaces, and heat pumps,” said Instructor Jason Stutes. “In addition, the college has received multiple ice machine donations from Scotsman, plus a state-of-the art variable capacity Lennox heat pump system from MERS heating and air in Effingham.  We also receive monthly donations from our advisory committee which consists of local HVAC contractors.  Their input and involvement with the students takes us to the next level. As an instructor, I am very pleased and excited to see graduates of the program represent the college with some of the industry’s best jobs.”

Applied Technology Department Chair, Greg Walker, feels that the faculty are making a difference.

“They are doing a great job of preparing their students to enter the workforce. Careers in the heating and air conditioning field are plentiful and the graduates are all finding employment after graduation,” said Walker.  “Graduates in all of the Applied Tech programs at JALC are finding employment after graduation.  “There will always be a demand for students who can build, repair, install, or service equipment. That kind of knowledge and skilled labor can’t be ordered on-line.”

John A. Logan College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Heating and Air Conditioning. The degree requires 70 total classroom hours in technical HVAC training in addition to 15 total semester hours of general education requirements. All courses, apart from the internship component, take place at the College's Carterville campus. Those students who are unable to commit to an AAS degree are able to train for and obtain certificates in Heating and Air Electrical or Residential Cooling and Refrigeration.