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Kaskaskia College HVAC Program Offers Low Cost, Quality Instruction

 The Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning Program at Kaskaskia College’s Crisp Technology Center offers opportunities for those who wish to learn HVAC skills for the job market.

Mark Kohnen, Instructor and Director of the HVAC program, sees the main advantages of KC’s program as cost savings and internships.  “KC has a great program that offers a lower cost alternative to some other HVAC programs, and students are required to gain internships to learn real world skills in the field,” Kohnen said.

As a publicly funded institution, Kaskaskia College is able to keep tuition costs low and offers a wide range of financial aid options to its students. 

With a limit of 16 students per class, the KC HVAC program is able to ensure personalized, one on one instruction for every student.  “The quality of our graduates is very important,” Kohnen said.  “I emphasize realistic expectations and hands-on instruction as well as theory.”  The quality of instruction and training is such that KC offers a guarantee that its graduates are work-ready.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics “Occupational Outlook Handbook,” the HVAC field is expected to add over 90,000 jobs between 2010 and 2020, a growth rate of 34%, much faster than the average for all occupations.  Median pay is reported at $20.45 per hour or $42,530 per year.

Kohnen emphasizes the internship requirement, not offered at some schools, as a gateway to employment for his students.  “By working an internship, both students and companies can see if they are a good fit for each other.  These internships lead to employment, in many cases.”

Kaskaskia College currently offers a one-year certificate in HVAC, and Kohnen would like to expand this into an Associate of Applied Science degree in the near future. 

For more information on the Kaskaskia College HVAC program, please contact Mark Kohnen at 618-545-3414 or email him at mkohnen@kaskaskia.edu.​



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