School and Ranking Information
The few schools in Kansas City are private, for- profit, but there are a couple of public schools as well. Based on the certificate options and hands-on training, the following school is considered a top school for HVAC Technology:
- Winner: Metropolitan Community College, a 2-year, public school, is located in Kansas City, Missouri. It offers an Associate of Applied Science in Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration, a Job-Ready HVAC Certificate and an HVAC Certificate.
|Category||Metropolitan Community College|
|Location||Kansas City, Missouri|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2014-2015)||$2,880(in-district); $5,280 (in-state); $6,900 (out-of-state)*|
|HVAC Technology Degrees Offered||Associate, Certificate|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2010 Entering Class||14%*|
|Noteworthy||The Fablab is a facility that gives students access to tools and training***|
Source: *NCES College Navigator, **U.S. News & World Report, ***Metropolitan Community College
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Metropolitan Community College
- Business and Technology College offers technical training in 14 areas
- HVAC program combines hands-on lab experiences with class work
- Students in the HVAC program are prepared for different career opportunities in the residential, business and wholesale sectors
Metropolitan Community College has a student population of 18,523 as of 2010. The Business and Technology College offers continuing-education programs and a specialty facility where students can train.
The school offers an Associate of Applied Science in Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration. The program covers AC and DC theory, as well as load estimating for heating and cooling. General-education courses include English, speech and mathematics. Electives include topics like programmable logic controllers and electrical print reading.
A Job-Ready HVAC Certificate is available - which is a 15-week program. Students must complete six courses on refrigeration, electricity and sheet metal layout. Students learn how to maintain, install and troubleshoot standard-residential and high-efficiency units. Another HVAC Certificate is available, which goes over commercial refrigeration and system installation. Courses required include principles of heating, ventilation, commercial refrigeration, sheet metal layout, motor controls and heat pumps.