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DTC tech programs get accreditationCLARKSTON The air conditioning technology, commercial refrigeration andbuilding automation systems training programs at DeKalb Technical College inClarkston, have received national accreditation through the Partnership forAir Conditioning, Heating, Refrigeration Accreditation.Accreditation from PAHRA certifies that DeKalb Tech’s Division of IndustrialTechnologies’ AC, CR and BAS programs have exceeded industry standards in itsinstruction, curriculum, student, faculty-qualification and facility standardsset forth by the industry in areas of residential air conditioning andheating, light commercial air conditioning and heating, and commercialrefrigeration.PAHRA accreditation benefits DeKalb Tech’s students as well as the industry,and a school’s bearing the gold seal approval within the industry assuresstudents they are receiving the highest-quality education available withintheir area of study.Apart from receiving accreditation as an institution, it speaks well of ourprograms at DeKalb Tech, and it also gives us national visibility, said JeryllMcWhorter, instructor with the college’s Division of Industrial Technologies,who six years ago initiated the school’s accreditation process, monitored andguided it, along with fellow division instructors.To become accredited, a training school must first evaluate its own strengthsand weaknesses as compared to industry standards and then submit its findingsin a self-study report. A survey team then conducts an on-site visit tocorroborate the self-study report.Training programs seeking PAHRA accreditation volunteers to have its qualitycompared to national standards established by industry professionals. PAHRA isvalidated by representatives from each major HVACR trade association and isavailable to all training programs, whether they are secondary, post-secondary, public or private.Launched in 2001, the accreditation program was created to establish nationaleducational standards for accrediting HVACR programs.Success! An email has been sent to with a link to confirm list signup.Error! There was an error processing your request.This accreditation also bolds well with our industry partners, because when wego to them with our particular needs, such as seeking donated equipment, theyknow that our programs are accredited through PAHRA, adds McWhorter.The PAHRA is an independent, third-party organization that is a partnershipbetween heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration educators andthe HVACR industry that will award accreditation to programs that have metand/or exceeded industry validated standards. Accreditation is valid for fiveyears from the date the accreditation certificate is issued.Partnerships in PAHRA include the Air-Conditioning and RefrigerationInstitute, the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, the Gas ApplianceManufacturing Association, the North American Heating, Refrigeration & AirConditioning Wholesalers Association, the Plumbing Heating Cooling ContractorsAssociation and the Council of Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Educators.DeKalb Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia,promotes a student-centered environment for lifelong learning and development,encompassing academic and technical education for employment in a globalcommunity. The college has nine centers of learning in DeKalb, Newton,Rockdale, and Morgan counties. DeKalb Technical College currently has morethan 5,000 students enrolled in diploma or degree programs and more than 9,000in adult education classes. Academic and technical programs at DeKalb Techcover more than 120 different occupations. For more information, visit the DTCWeb site at www.dekalbtech.edu.DeKalb Technical College, a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia,promotes a student-centered environment for lifelong learning and development,encompassing academic and technical education for employment in a globalcommunity.The college has nine centers of learning in DeKalb, Newton, Rockdale andMorgan counties. DeKalb Technical College currently has more than 5,000students enrolled in diploma or degree programs and more than 9,000 in adulteducation classes. Academic and Technical programs at DeKalb Tech cover morethan 120 different occupations.Come enjoy morning coffee on the large front porch of this 2-story Cape Codhome in Covington. Click for more.Now, more than ever, the world needs trustworthy reporting—but good journalismisn’t free. Please support us by subscribing or making a contribution today.Subscribe or contributeSuccess! An email has been sent to with a link to confirm list signup.Error! There was an error processing your request.