Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa and North Iowa Area Community College and celebrated the announcement of a new Climate Control articulation agreement today.
“We are pleased to partner with the Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa on this agreement in an effort to provide strong preparation to students looking to enter the field,” Dr. Deb Derr, NIACC president, said. “This agreement marks yet another step in our efforts to connect NIACC students with key industry players and train the skilled workforce of the future.”
The agreement will allow NIACC Climate Control students to count their two-year degree as all four years of their apprenticeship training, which is required for licensure as an HVAC technician in the State of Iowa. Students who complete the program will now have a credential from the U.S. Department of Labor which is recognized across the country.
“This partnership with Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa reflects their confidence in the NIACC curriculum for Climate Control students. It’s an honor to earn such a vote of confidence in the training we’re providing,” Josh Byrnes, NIACC industrial technology division chairperson, said.
Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa, a chapter of a national organization, serves as one of the few organizations that can grant apprenticeship credits as needed to earn HVAC technician licensure in Iowa.
“We are thrilled to have this partnership. With this agreement, we are putting the industry seal of approval on the program here at NIACC with one of the most state-of-the-art facilities in the HVAC industry as far as community colleges go,” Tom Fulcher, Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa education director, said.
For more information on NIACC’s Climate Control program, call 1-888-GO NIACC or visit http://www.niacc.edu/industrial/climate/climate.html.
ABC of Iowa is a statewide association representing approximately 550 merit shop construction and construction related firms. Visit us at www.abciowa.org.
NIACC Climate Control Instructor Tom Crowley, NIACC Industrial Technology division chair Josh Byrnes, NIACC President Dr. Deb Derr, ABC Education Director Tom Fulcher and NIACC Climate Control Instructor Jason Ott at the articulation signing.