Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) thanked Carrier for a generous donation of heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) at an event held at the Harper Campus on March 28. The contribution is valued at more than $100,000.
The Carrier equipment donation will enhance instruction in CPCC’s Air Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration (AHR) Technology program by exposing students to the latest commercial use climate control equipment.
“CPCC is fortunate to have a number of close corporate supporters who help ensure our programs remain cutting edge and provide the education and skills needed by employers now,” said Dr. Kandi Deitemeyer, CPCC president. “Some of these groups, like Carrier, are doubly good to the college and through their generosity, make a wonderfully positive impact on our students and their future success.”
The Carrier donation includes five pieces of equipment: an AquaForce® Water-Cooled Screw Chiller; an AquaSnap® Air-Cooled Scroll Chiller; an AquaSnap Water-Cooled Scroll Chiller; and Two Gemini® Select Air-Cooled Condensing Units.
Event speakers included Deitemeyer; Greg Alcorn, vice president and general manager, Carrier Commercial Systems; Edwin A. Dalrymple, chairman of the CPCC Board of Trustees; and Kelly Trainor, dean of the Harper Campus.
“Carrier’s donation represents our own legacy and passion to train the industry. Since Dr. Willis Carrier’s invention of modern air conditioning in 1902, the company has continued its innovation of products, controls, system design software, and service solutions that help shape the world in which we live,” said Alcorn.
“This array of high-tech Carrier equipment will further enrich CPCC students’ learning experience by providing an opportunity for hands-on learning on the same equipment they will work with after they graduate and for decades to come. The gifted equipment represents our support of, and commitment to, Central Piedmont Community College, their students’ success, and the HVAC industry at large.”
The AHR curriculum at CPCC includes an AAS degree program, diploma program, and seven certificate programs offering various areas of specialization.
With an emphasis on developing and improving critical thinking, articulation and technical skills, topics of study include refrigeration theory, heating theory, mechanical system applications, installations, service, safety, mechanical and fuel gas codes, tools and instruments and general maintenance practices.