Austin, TX, HVAC Training Options
Austin Community College District (ACC) is a non-profit college in the Austin area that offers a heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technology (HART) training program, which is very similar to a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) program. Prospective students can enroll in the certificate program or pursue an associate's degree.
ACC has 11 campus locations, and the Riverside campus in Austin is about five miles, or a 12-minute drive, from the city center. The school administers several types of financial aid programs, including scholarships, loans and work study, as well as state-sponsored grant programs. This article also includes a table of information about the school, including the enrollment, tuition and graduation rate.
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The following table presents pertinent facts about this school and can help prospective students decide if ACC is right for them.
|Austin Community College District|
|School Type||2-year, public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||40,803*|
|Campus Setting||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)||$2,550 in-district; $10,890 in-state; $13,080 out-of-state*|
|% of First-Time Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||60%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - Open admissions|
|Retention Rate (Fall 2016 to Fall 2017)||58% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (Students who started Fall 2014)||11% (42% transfer-out rate)*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Austin Community College District
ACC offers heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technology certificate and associate's degree programs. Graduates of both programs may be prepared for entry-level positions as HVAC technicians at the residential and commercial levels.
Certificate in Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
Students take introductory classes on basic electricity and the principles of air conditioning and refrigeration, followed by advanced electricity and heating courses. The program requires the completion of 29 credit hours, which can be finished in one year. Students must also complete a 120-hour internship.
Associate of Applied Science in Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology
This 60-credit program builds on courses completed for the HART certificate. Classes cover topics such as heat pumps and mechanical code, industrial and commercial heating, cooling and refrigeration systems. Students also must complete an internship and several general education courses.