WVNCC Expands HVAC Program Offerings in Wheeling

Photo Provided Mark Mangficio, program director and instructor of refrigeration, air conditioning and heating, shows his students a refrigeration systems trainer during class at West Virginia Northern Community College.

Thanks to a grant from the West Virginia Northern Community College Foundation, one of the college’s programs is able to expand its offerings.

WVNCC’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning program will now be increasing the focus to more commercial training, in addition to the residential training offered, as a result of a $16,000 grant from the college’s foundation to purchase new equipment.

The money donated by the WVNCC Foundation was used to purchase equipment such as a roof top commercial unit, a new commercial gas furnace and commercial heat pumps. The program also upgraded technology for both residential and commercial training.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the HVAC field is projected to grow 15 percent within the next eight years, which is much faster than the average for all occupation.

“We keep hearing from area businesses in the Ohio Valley that there is a high demand for an increase in skilled commercial HVAC technicians,” said Larry Tackett, WVNCC vice president of economic and workforce development. “We are fortunate, with the generous help from our foundation, to meet that demand. Additionally, commercial-trained workers often lead to better paying jobs for our students.”

The foundation, in collaboration with Northern’s Office of Development, secures private financial support for the college.

“We are proud that we were able to support this new endeavor by the college to fill a growing need in our region and to help secure a better future for our students,” said Joe Eddy, president of the WVNCC Foundation.

In addition to HVAC-specific training, students in the program receive training in welding, electric, plumbing, sheet metal and duct fabrication.

“Our program offers broad-based training for so many different areas and fields,” said Mark Mangficio, program director and instructor of refrigeration, air conditioning and heating. “The great thing about this profession is that no matter where you may end up in the future, there is always a need for an HVAC technician.”

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