• Program Spotlight- Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration

    Teacher Spotlight- John Pokrivka “Mr. P.”  program spotlight- HVAC and Refrigeration


    What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year?

    “All of my senior students have jobs, are going to school when they graduate to continue their education or going into the military…this is the first time EVER!”


    What are some of the more common career pathways your students take when they leave CPAVTS?

    “Residential HVAC Installations and Service, Residential Plumbing, Commercial HVAC Installations and Service, or Maintenance.”


    What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door?

    “EPA 608 Refrigeration Certification and Progression on the task list.”


    What is some of the recent technology and/or trends in the profession, with which students become familiar?

    “Everything is now including electronics, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities.”


    What unit/topic do student struggle with the most in your program and why do you think that is?

    “Electrical- Students have to think in the abstract and logical simultaneously.”


    Explain a typical day in your program.

    “Controlled chaos, they get their theory lesson first thing in the door, and then they are in the shop working the rest of the time.”


    What advice would you give student who have completed your program?

    “Get a job, work hard, work on the soft skills and never quit learning.”


    How many years have you been at CPAVTS?

    “I have been with CPAVTS for 27 years.”


    What is your experience before coming to CPAVTS?

    “I spent 13 years as a Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/ Refrigeration Service Technician.”



    Student Spotlight- Heating, Ventilation, A/C and Refrigeration

    Summarize what you learn in your program in one sentence.

    “In my program, I learned how to do the basics of refrigeration, electrical and other HVAC related jobs.”

    “We learn every aspect of making hot stuff cold and cold stuff hot.”


    What is the hardest part of your program?

    “The electrical part is the hardest in my opinion.”

    “Black iron projects.”


    What is the most fun part of your program?

    “Working with others on projects and messing with Mr. P.”


    What is some recent technology you are learning to use in your program that is specific to your profession?

    “Using a refrigeration leak detection.”

    “New Testo tools, including digital gauges and Propress tools.”


    What is your plan for after high school?

    “I will be joining the United State Marine Corps.”

    “I am applying to Local 520.”



    What is going to be the highlight of the year in your program?

    “Learning from Mr. Pokrivka.”

    “Installing every unit the shop has, and fixing any broken units.”


    What are you the most proud of learning in your program?

    “I am proud of learning how to do refrigeration.”

    “How to fix units that are broken.”


    Explain a typical day in your program.

    “A typical day would be working hard, and learning how to do new jobs.”

    “Installing and servicing units, repairing and checking units throughout the school.”


    How is your program at CPAVTS different from other classes you have had in the past?

    “This program is very hands-on compared to all other class, I am learning a skill for a job right out of high school.”

    “You work with your hands and learn something that will be useful on its own for the future.”


    What advice would you give to a beginning Level 1 student who is just starting the program or to a student who is considering enrolling in the program?

    “Be nice and respectful to Mr. P. and he will treat you like a real person, like a colleague instead of a student.”