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OTC Air Conditioning Program Receives National Accreditation

Okefenokee Technical College (OTC) president, Dr. Glenn Deibert, proudly announces that the OTC air conditioning technology program, instructor Mr. Jack Moye, has been granted a new 5-year accreditation by Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Excellence.

HVAC Excellence, the oldest and largest Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration (HVACR) HVAC programmatic accreditation agency, is a not-for-profit organization created in 1994 to improve the technical competency of the HVACR industry.

According to OTC Academic Affairs Dean Larry Godair, HVAC Excellence standards require an in-depth examination of nine program areas: mission, administrative responsibilities, finances and funds, curriculum, plan of instructions, facilities, equipment and tools, cooperative training and instructor’s qualifications. Each of the nine standards must be met.

In addition, during the on-site evaluation of the Waycross campus program, the HVAC Excellence evaluation team interviewed key OTC personnel, including Pamela Farr (vice president for administrative services) Larry Godair (academic affairs dean), Beverly Harrell (purchasing technician), Neal Murphy (admissions director), and Teresa Allen (institutional effectiveness director).

The primary goal of accreditation is program improvement. Programmatic accreditation supports a desire to embrace accountability and higher standards of excellence within education. The evaluation process involves two major steps: an extensive self-evaluation followed by an on-site evaluation.

Moye, who steered the program through its initial accreditation in October 2005, explained that the re-accreditation process began in 2011. Upon completion of the evaluation of OTC’s air conditioning program, the on-site team recommended that the air conditioning technology program at Okefenokee Technical College be granted a new 5-year accreditation by Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Excellence.

“Congratulations to Jack on this accomplishment,” stated Teresa Allen, OTC Institutional Effectiveness Director.  “The on-site evaluation team was impressed with the excellent instruction and supportive services provided to students, the overall management of the program, and the commitment of administration to the program.” “The team was so impressed,” continued Allen, “that they told us they would be recommending a five-year reaffirmation of the program.”

The official word came to the College a few weeks later, along with several commendations. Among them were kudos for an outstanding safety program, an engaged advisory committee, and excellent career placement services.

Dr. Deibert and Godair credit Moye for this accomplishment, citing his commitment to quality. “His diligent work to maintain excellent program records facilitated a successful audit,” stated Godair. “Jack brings over twenty-five years of industry experience to the program, a definite asset. His job history includes HVACR work in the Air Force and in the residential and commercial industries. He also maintains an unrestricted contractor license.”

“Accreditation gives added assurance to students and employers that Okefenokee Tech graduates will be properly trained,” said Deibert. “The bottom line: Better repair technicians join the workforce as a result of the quality education provided by OTC.”

The Okefenokee Technical College air conditioning technology program is listed in an official directory of accredited programs available online at www.hvacexcellence.org. For information about the nationally accredited OTC air conditioning program, contact Jack Moye at (912) 287-5823 or jmoye@okefenokeetech.edu.

Air Conditioning Accreditation

Photo:
OTC air conditioning technology instructor, Jack Moye (back row, 2nd from left) is congratulated by OTC staff and the HVAC Excellence on-site program accreditation team for earning a new 5-year accreditation. On hand for the announcement were Teresa Allen (front row, L to R), Larry Godair, Dr. Jerry Hardin (HVAC On-Site Evaluator), Pamela Farr (back row, L to R), Lemuel Palmer (HVAC On-Site Evaluator), Beverly Harrell, Jack Moye, and Neal Murphy.


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