Virginia College in Shreveport/Bossier City will host an open house showcasing its new Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) Technician program. The event is Thursday, August 17 from 11AM to 1PM.

The new program is set to launch at the campus on Wednesday, September.13.

According to a press release, the new HVACR diploma is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely install, troubleshoot and repair equipment used in the home and light commercial industry. This program also includes preparation for the following certification examinations: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification, Industry Competency Exams (ICE) and North American Technician Excellence (NATE) certification.

Upon successful completion from this program, graduates will be able to isolate malfunctions in heating, air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration systems as well as design, fabricate and install ductwork to provide proper airflow in heating and cooling systems, among other skills.

Completion of the HVACR training can take as little as 48 weeks. Students who receive their HVACR diploma can pursue careers as HVACR technicians, HVACR installer/repair technicians or small appliance technicians. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics 2015 wage data and 2014-2024 employment projections, jobs in this area are projected to grow an average of 14 percent. The Virginia College Career Development team will help students in this program to develop job-search skills and open doors to employment.

Virginia College is located at 2950 East Texas St., Suite C in Shreveport LA.

To learn more about Virginia College in Shreveport, call (318)741-8020 or visit www.vc.edu/Shreveport.