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CNM Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning Program Receives Six-year Accreditation

August 2, 2013 -- Central New Mexico Community College’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Program in the School of Applied Technologies has been awarded a six-year accreditation by HVAC Excellence, one of the primary accreditation bodies in the field.

Jul 17, 2015

HVAC Excellence, as an independent third party, evaluates a program for accreditation against set educational and industry standards in curriculum, faculty, student facilities, placement, services, financial aid advisory committee involvement, training facilities, equipment and safety. 

“We are honored to receive this six-year accreditation,” said John Bronisz, dean of CNM’s School of Applied Technologies. “It speaks to the quality of our program and provides greater employment opportunities to the students by aligning them with a school that has full accreditation.”

Larry Quiggle, lead HVAC instructor at CNM, said that obtaining accreditation was a year-long process involving a self-study evaluation of the program that demonstrated how it met each required standard. When the self-study was completed, it was sent to HVAC Excellence for an accreditation review committee to thoroughly assess for compliance against each standard.

Having approved the self-study, HVAC Excellence sent a team to conduct an intense onsite review of CNM’s program. After reviewing all of the documentation from the self-study and the site-team visitation report, the HVAC Excellence accreditation committee granted accreditation of the program

CNM joins an elite list of schools nationally and locally that have validated their programs through programmatic accreditation. In New Mexico, CNM is joined by Eastern New Mexico University and Clovis Community College as having achieved HVAC Excellence accreditation.

Quiggle noted now that the program has been granted accreditation, it can provide employers with confidence in the quality of the program, assist students with transfer credits and help students with advanced placement in the United Association apprenticeship program.

CNM’s HVAC program offers a variety of certificate and degree routes, including five terms for an associate degree, a four-term residential and commercial certificate, and a two- term residential certificate.