HVAC program coming to Gallatin College this Fall

Gallatin College is introducing a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, or HVAC, program to its roster. Applications are pouring in and still open to prospective students.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry reported that HVAC positions are one of the most sought-after jobs in the state.

Anna Reardon is the Outreach Program Manager for Gallatin College and has spent the past year working with construction professionals to get this program off the ground.

“The HVAC programs came to the fore as one of the key needs for the Gallatin area, southwestern Montana and Montana in general. These positions remain unfilled, but have really high wages,” Reardon said.

Gallatin College is an extension of Montana State University and will partner with a neighboring company, Montana Weatherization Training Center.

“If you don’t know how to pick up tools, do work and apply them to the construction or management of existing homes, you don’t really have the skills to be true professionals,” said Chris Dorsi.

Dorsi is an author, as well as the director of the Montana Weatherization Training Center, and has welcomed the new program.

Professionals in this field are needed, especially in Gallatin County. As the valley continues to grow, so does the need for heating and cooling systems in the home.

The program has two different tracks, including a track to obtain an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science. According to Reardon, students can control the pace they move through the program.

“We have had a lot of interest from students wanting to apply, and applications for the program are now being accepted,” she said.

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