Virginia Highlands Community College

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating


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 The Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, & Heating curriculum is designed to provide up-to-date technical skills for employment in the growing $150 billion HVACR industry. VHCC’s 4,500 sq. ft. lab is equipped with various manufacturers’ equipment, with student time divided in half between classroom theory and lab projects. Students will operate “live” equipment to improve skills in troubleshooting, maintenance, and installation. In addition, students will utilize manufacturer-training software, audiovisual materials, and specially designed trainers for electricity and refrigeration. There is a growing demand for trained HVACR technicians, due to record equipment sales, the introduction of new refrigerants, and technical improvements in equipment.

The curriculum satisfies the entry-level training requirements for students new to the HVACR industry, as well as updating the skills of those who want to improve their current skills for advancement in the workplace. VHCC’s program content and entry-level skills of students are verified through the nationally recognized Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute’s Industry Competency Exam. For the 5 year period ending in 2004 VHCC students have a 92% pass rate on the residential heating and cooling exam, compared to a 60 percentile national average. 


  • Air Cond. & Ref. Controls
  • Refrigeration
  • College Composition
  • Technical Writing
  • Heating and Cooling Safety
  • Refrigeration
  • Applied Technical Mathematics
  • Circuits and Controls
  • Air Conditioning
  • Heat Pumps

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 100 VHCC Dr, Abingdon, VA 24210

United States

About Virginia Highlands Community College, United States

Virginia Highlands Community College offers more than 45 academic areas of study. Our curriculum includes career-oriented programs as well as those designed for transfer to a four-year college or university. You will find a complete description of our academic offerings in the Academic section of this website. In addition to our credit programs, we offer a full array of non-credit offerings that support the region’s business and industry. You will be able to find more information about these offerings under the Business & Industry section of our website. Another educational resource on our campus is the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. This center offers bachelor, masters, and doctorate degrees through participating Colleges and Universities. 

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