Alabama’s Bevill State HVAC Fast Track Program graduates students

Bevill State Community College recently hosted a kick-off ceremony for HVAC Fast Track Program graduates in Spring 2021.

Eight students completed the 11-week program to prepare them for a successful career as an HVAC technician.

Graduates in the spring of 2021 are:

  • Jeffery Adair, Haleyville.
  • Blake Carroll, Quinton.
  • Joshua Cook, Birmingham.
  • Cedric Davis, Pike Road.
  • Eddie Kirkland, Pinson.
  • Cheyenne Moore, Maylene.
  • Carter Moorer, Hayden.
  • Quilin Tarrance, Adamsville.

The HVAC Fast Track program is a partnership between Alabama Power and Bevill State to help meet emerging labor needs. The HVACR Workforce Foundation cites a US shortage of more than 170,000 technicians skilled in installing, maintaining, and repairing heating, central air conditioning, HVAC and cooling systems.

“We are proud to partner with Bevill State, as well as other local colleges and universities, to provide students with the necessary training to have meaningful careers in skilled professions,” said Jeff Peoples, executive vice president of Customer and Employee Services at Alabama Power. “By working together on these workforce investments, we create opportunities in Alabama communities and respond to the needs of the emerging industry.”

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Through the program, students receive training in a state-of-the-art facility in Jasper and learn diagnostic techniques, the use of test equipment, and principles of mechanics, electricity and electronics related to repair. Students who complete the program earn Bevill State and EPA Section 608 Refrigerant certifications, preparing them to take the State of Alabama HVACR Contractors Exam.

“As a veteran of the US Navy and someone who has worked around with a variety of jobs, the HVAC program offered me the opportunity for a career,” said the Kirkland graduate.

“My family’s financial situation did not allow me access to the typical community college program. This partnership between Alabama Power and Bevill State allowed me to get a scholarship and complete the program. Now my future looks bright, ”said Kirkland.

Additionally, graduates have the opportunity to interview potential employers upon completion of the program. Previous graduates of the program have joined the workforce and the response from hiring companies has been favorable.

The application window for the Summer 2021 class has closed and selections are underway.

Applications will open for the Spring 2022 class in August. Enrollment is open to high school graduates or those pursuing GED degrees aged 18 and above. The program has a limited number of seats and scholarships are available.

Click here for more information or contact Wendy Jenkins at 1-800-648-3271, ext. 5713 or [email protected]

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