The Natural Science and Mathematics Division (NS&M) at the Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia Community College has partnered with Prince William County Public Schools and SySTEMic Solutions to offer on-campus Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (AIR) dual enrollment courses to high school students across Prince William County.
The purpose of the AIR dual enrollment program is to enroll students interested in pursuing a career in the heating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) industry. The program began in the fall, with students enrolled in AIR 111: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration I and SDV 100: College Success Skills courses. Students from Garfield, Freedom and Potomac Senior high schools, along with Independent Hill/PACE East Program attend classes at NOVA-Woodbridge campus five days a week in the morning, and return to their respective high schools to complete their high school coursework. In spring 2016, students will complete AIR 121: Air Conditioning and Refrigeration II and CST 110: Intro to Communication, along with additional coursework to achieve credits toward obtaining an HVAC-R and Facilities Services Technology Certificate by the time they graduate from high school.
Doug Wright (Prince William County Schools Supervisor of Career and Technical Education), Courtney Hill (NOVA-Woodbridge and NOVA-Manassas Dual Enrollment Coordinator), Alison Thimblin (Dean of Natural Science and Mathematics), Adam Johnson (Assistant Dean of NOVA-Woodbridge NS&M), Amy Harris (Director of SySTEMic Solutions), and Jay Jensen (NOVA-Woodbridge NS&M faculty) worked together to develop a program that would select eligible and interested high school students to participate in this new and continuous venture for the Woodbridge Campus.
Antonio Sorto, a sophomore student at Woodbridge Senior High School said he plans to attend NOVA after graduation to pursue an associate’s degree in HVAC-R after he found the courses about electricity to be interesting and rewarding.
“I decided to enroll in the program because I thought it would be a great opportunity to learn something that really interests me,” Sorto said. “I love doing hands-on experiments, and I can use this skill as a backup career in life or possibly make it my main career option.”
STEM focuses on the highly-desired fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. SySTEMic Solutions, a program that offers a pathway to employment or higher education with a degree in a STEM-related field, has partnered with NOVA to provide additional support through curriculum that supports student success in the HVAC-R field.
For additional information on the AIR dual enrollment program at NOVA-Woodbridge, please contact the Natural Science and Mathematics Division office at 703-878-5739 Ex. 5741.
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