Fort Scott Community College HVAC program in top 15 in the nation

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FT. SCOTT, Ks. — A specialty program at a Southeast Kansas college is receiving national recognition.

Chris Sterrett, HVAC INSTRUCTOR, Fort Scott Community College, said,”We’ve got not only a lot of equipment and a lot of time and hands on to develop, but we have connections and relationships throughout the industry over the course of decades.”

Fort Scott Community College’s Heating, Ventilation, And Air-Conditioning Program ranks number 10 out of the top 17 community colleges in the country offering HVAC.

Kris Mengerelli, Director of FSCC CTEC, said, “It obviously is a great honor and a lot of credit goes to our instructor Chris Sterett.”

FSCC incorporates electrical and mechanical systems and prepares students to earn industry recognized credentials.

“I’ve been an instructor since ’99. Been in the HVAC industry since the early 90’s and really found my passion. I love teaching,” said Sterrett.

The ranking is based on degree, cost, average salary after graduation, and median pay.

“I know that Chris does a great job and I know that it’s very affordable and so it’s an excellent program for students to get a career started,” said Mengerelli.

Sterrett says this recognition solidifies the program’s proven track record.

“We have, you know, former students that are now contractors and employers that we can tie in those relationships and I think that’s a big asset,” said Sterrett.

The small class sizes help students and staff build lasting relationships that extend beyond the classroom.

“Oh I love getting up and interacting with the students. I love watching students get it.”

The small class sizes help students and staff build lasting relationships that extend beyond the classroom.

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