Monday, September, 26, 2016– Today the Texarkana College Board of Trustees approved the addition of an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC) to TC’s workforce education curriculum. The new degree plan pairs with TC’s existing HVAC certificate program and gives students an opportunity to earn skills and knowledge necessary for advancement in the high-demand career pathway.
“It is TC’s goal for all certificate programs to eventually have a pairing with an AAS degree to enable students to reach their full potential,” said Ronda Dozier, TC Dean of Workforce & Continuing Education.
Dozier said there are several paired workforce programs already in place at TC and the addition of an AAS in HVAC provides students with even more options for success.
“Students who take the next step beyond completion of the certificate program and pursue the AAS degree are more marketable and qualified for management and leadership positions in their chosen career field,” Dozier said.
Certificate-seeking students choosing to advance to an AAS degree will enroll in academic courses after completing skills training courses. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) has approved TC to offer the new AAS degree, and final approval is pending by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Once TC receives final approval, students can declare this major as early as December 2016.