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Palm Beach State College Granted Accreditation

Lou Vendrell, M.S., CMHE, HVAC Excellence Accreditation Assessor, Alan Bohen, Palm Beach State College Program Coordinator, Carmen Modock, Palm Beach State College Program Director for Trade & Industry, Abigal Carter, Ed.D., HVAC Excellence Accreditation Assessor and Jean Donald Laurent, Palm Beach State College HVACR Instructor

HVAC Excellence is pleased to announce that Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Florida has been granted programmatic accreditation of their HVACR Technology Program.

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In 1933, with unemployment at 25.2 percent, Franklin Roosevelt was inaugurated as the 32nd President, Albert Einstein emigrated to the United States, and Florida opened its first community college, Palm Beach State College. While much has changed in the nearly 100 years since its founding, the college’s mission of providing a comprehensive education remains steadfast.

With overwhelming change underway in the HVACR industry, the faculty and staff sought to assure their employer partners that their program was staying current with these developments. To validate that their program met nationally established standards, they decided to pursue third-party accreditation.

Overview: Programmatic accreditation, an independent, non-governmental third-party review, ensures that educational programs meet and exceed established standards of excellence. These standards guarantee that students receive the highest quality training necessary for success in the industry.

Accreditation standards cover the program comprehensively, including mission, administration, finances, student services, instructional design, program elements, facilities, equipment, cooperative training, and instructor qualifications. Rigorous examination of these standards assesses compliance with criteria for quality and effectiveness.

Lou Vendrell M.S., CMHE, HVAC Excellence Accreditation Assessor with students in the HVAC laboratory

Process: Achieving programmatic accreditation involves submitting a comprehensive self-study demonstrating compliance with all required standards. The accreditation review board compares the self-study to accepted standards. Upon approval, onsite evaluation assessors visit the school to verify compliance with established standards.

Benefits of Programmatic Accreditation

  • Assurance that the program meets industry standards.
  • A powerful recruitment tool to boost program enrollment.
  • Ensures course and program validity, easing the transfer of credits.
  • Provides a goal-setting path for self-improvement and program growth.
  • Assists in establishing articulation agreements with educational and industry partners.
  • The Mechanical Service Contractors of America “MSCA” has named HVAC Excellence as its partner for technician recruitment.
  • Through an articulation agreement with the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices, Graduates may be eligible for advanced placement opportunities into their apprenticeship program.
  • Accredited programs are listed in a public directory.

Learn More About Accreditation: For further details on standards, the accreditation process, and a comprehensive list of accredited programs, visit and click on the accreditation link. For more information on Palm Beach State College, and their accredited HVACR program, visit



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