Tennessee College of Applied Technology Pulaski (TCAT-Pulaski) successfully fulfilled all obligations for continuation of programmatic accreditation by HVAC Excellence.
TCAT-Pulaski is required to submit a required annual report, including an original self-study and program advisory committee (PAC) meeting minutes to ensure transparency and help identify any concerns. This was reviewed, along with an onsite team visitation report and an annual accreditation report, to prove alignment with accreditation standards.
HVAC Excellence Administrative Director Jeannie Birch stated, “With your program having achieved HVAC Excellence accreditation, your graduates may have additional career opportunities available to them.
“HVAC Excellence and the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the United States and Canada (a Department of Labor approved apprenticeship program) have established an articulation agreement that recognized the value of a quality education.”
“The accreditation is good for six years, but we have to pass these benchmarks yearly,” HVAC and Refrigeration Technology Instructor Chris Perkins explained. “Having this is a valuable asset to our school. We plan to continue maintaining our accreditation as HVAC Excellence continually updates the standards, which help us maintain our curriculum at a high level. It provides our students an opportunity to show they are prepared for work in our field.”
The HVAC/R program most current job placement rate is 89.2 percent, far exceeding the accreditation benchmark of 70 percent. Currently, there are program openings in the evening class.