Glendale HVAC Schools
Prospective students interested in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) programs near Glendale have options available at a couple of institutions that are within about half an hour of downtown. Take a glance at a table of statistics to get pertinent info about the schools, and then read about the required coursework and topics in their programs.
- GateWay Community College (GWCC) in Phoenix offers HVAC certificate and associate's degree programs. The campus is about 14 miles from central Glendale.
- Situated around 24 miles from Glendale's downtown area, East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) in Mesa has a certificate program available in the field.
Comparison of Schools
The profiled colleges have several similarities; they both are public institutions in a large-city setting with open-admission policies. Use this table to discover some of the major differences between the schools, including costs, student enrollment, retention rates and graduation numbers.
|GateWay Community College||East Valley Institute of Technology|
|School Type||Two-year; public||Less than two-year; public|
|Total Enrollment (2017)||5,087*||202*|
|Campus Setting||Large city||Large city|
|Tuition & Fees (2017-2018)|| $2,094 in-state
|% of First-Year Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017)||71%*||38%*|
|Acceptance Rate (2017)||N/A - open admissions*||N/A - open admissions*|
|Retention Rate (2017)||54% of full-time students*||90% of full-time students*|
|Graduation Rate (Students who began in 2014-15)||16%*||95%*|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics.
GateWay Community College
GWCC offers HVAC training through its industrial design, machining and HVAC programs. The certificate and associate's program can both teach students how to install, maintain and repair HVAC systems.
Certificate of Completion in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Facilities
This 44-47.5-credit program includes courses in refrigeration applications, water testing, controls and instrumentation, duct design and cooling systems for facilities. Students can also gain basic knowledge in electricity.
Associate in Applied Science in Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Facilities
This program can give students the necessary skills needed to pursue entry-level positions as HVAC technicians. Courses cover the basic principles of HVAC systems and trade calculations. Course options include industrial and construction safety, air and water testing, occupational safety and health and electro-mechanical devices. The program also requires the completion of general education courses.
East Valley Institute of Technology
East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT) offers a certificate program covering HVAC systems that can be completed in 10-12 months.
This program is administered from 5:00 pm to 9:30 pm four days per week. Topics of study include electrical wiring and maintenance, light and power equipment installation and electronic circuit repair. This program can prepare students to take Arizona's refrigerant licensing exam, which is a requirement for anyone wishing to become an HVAC technician in the state.