Seats Remain in Kaskaskia College HVAC Program for Fall Semester

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.  Professor Mark Kohnen has over twenty years in the industry. 
This program prepares students to install, service and repair residential and commercial air conditioning, refrigeration and heating systems. Students will study the physical, mechanical, and chemical principles of refrigeration and air conditioning with emphasis on electrical controls and motors.  Students will also gain proficiency in blueprint reading, sheet metal construction, proper ventilation installation, heating and cooling diagnosis, and installation of residential and commercial equipment.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for HVAC technicians is excellent. This occupation is projected to grow faster, through 2018, than other occupations that require post-secondary training or an associate degree. Median pay is reported at $20.45 per hour or $42,530 per year.
With a limit of 16 students per class, the KC HVAC program is able to ensure personalized, one on one instruction for every student.  Professor Mark Kohnen says, “The quality of our graduates is very important.  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.
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

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