Registration still open for night classes at career tech center

Published 4:16 pm Friday, August 23, 2013

Students work with a Refrigeration Training System as part of the HVACR class that covers the basics of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.

Students work with a Refrigeration Training System as part of the HVACR class that covers the basics of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration.

A new semester of Adult Education night classes will begin at LeCroy Career Technical Center on Thursday, Sept. 5 at 6 p.m.

The classes, also known as “workforce training,” are designed for adult students who have jobs during the day.

The classes are usually small and geared toward those who have been out of school for a long period of time but want to increase their chances of employment or their opportunities for advancement at their current places of employment.

Instructors are understanding of students’ work schedules and can make adjustments for students that have later work schedules. For instance, students can complete certain assignments online at home if they have to miss a class at the center because of work.

The classes are offered for 10 weeks and meet one to two nights each week.

The cost per student to enroll is $125, which does not include certification tests students may choose to take if they successfully complete their classes.

Registration will be open until the first night of classes.

Depending on students’ needs, the classes can also include specialized industry training in which outside businesses or industries like EBSCO Industries Inc. (Wayne Industries) partner with the center to provide training in areas like sign manufacturing, electrical theory or forklift training.

Specialized Industry Training could be done at the center or at an off-campus location.

Classes to be offered beginning Sept. 5 include: Auto Collision Repair (Monday and Thursday, 6–9 p.m., instructor Tim Littlefield); HVACR (Monday and Thursday, 6–9 p.m., instructor Hoyt Chastain); Welding (Monday and Thursday, 6–9 p.m., instructor Frank Mims); and Industrial Maintenance (Monday and Thursday, 6–9 p.m.).

Auto Collision Repair will include automobile repair and finishing and will allow students to work on car restoration projects in the shop area at the center.

HVACR (Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration) will include the basics of heating, air and ventilation and will provide students with techniques on how to troubleshoot a heating and air conditioning unit.

An EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) card will be issued to students upon successful completion of the class.

EPA cards are required for those employed in the HVACR field to verify they are certified technicians.

“These students are typically employed in the field of heating and air,” LeCroy Director Tommy Glasscock said. “This program is also available for day students who want to pursue this as an occupation.”

Welding will cover the basics of welding, and upon successful completion of the program, students could take the welding certification test to be able to work in advanced welding, pipe welding and other higher-level welding sectors.

“The welding students may also be employed at entry-level positions and come back for an opportunity to receive a credential that will allow them to advance their welding certification,” Glasscock said.

The welding class also allows students to apply their skills in hands-on projects such as repairing utility trailers and farm implements for people in the community.

Industrial Maintenance is a cross-training type of class that will teach students how to install and maintain all types of industrial equipment, as well as interpret prints, properly use burning and welding equipment and identify equipment components and their applications in industrial environments.

The class is considered “cross-training” as it will cover a combination of topics including introductions to electronics, HVACR, drafting and welding.

“We are hoping the industrial maintenance class will help students who are wanting to enter into this high-wage and high-demand field,” Glasscock said. “We are partnering with local industry to make sure the standards taught match the need of the employer. This is the first offering we have for (the class).”

To register for classes or for more information, call the center at (205) 280-2920 or visit