This month's Program Spotlight features the Heating,

Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refridgeration Program at CPAVTS.

Mr. Pokrivka,Program Spotlight HVAC affectionately referred to as Mr. P. by most students and staff, has been teaching this program for quite a few years. His students are trained to take care of some of our most important household needs. 

You know in the dead of winter, when your heat isn't working, or the dead of summer when your air conditioning unit goes out, these are the guys and girls, you want for the job. 

 We took the time to touch base with one of Mr. Pokrivka's students to get their impression of the program.

Here is what they had to say:


Summarize what you learn in your program in ONE SENTENCE.

"Identify, install and trouble shoot various systems and components of the HVAC/R field."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


What is the hardest part of your program?

"Depending on your natural ability and knowledge of science."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


What is the most fun part of your program?

"Learning to solder and braze. Also getting to work with PVC."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


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

"We have learned about bluetooth thermostats and ductless minisplits."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


What is your plan for after high school?

"Working Full-Time in the HVAC/R field."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


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

"Successfully completing the HVAC/R program and achieving full-time employment."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


What are you proud of learning how to do in your program?

"How to fix a problem in Air Conditioning units, furnaces and various other units in the HVAC industry."-CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


Explain a typical day in your program.

"Go into classroom and get changed to either work out on the shop floor or sit down for theory. Do your task in packet or what the Instructor tells you to do for the day. Clean up areas and get changed for dismissal on time."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


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

"Very hands-on and have to follow all safety rules."- CPAVTS HVAC/R Student


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

"Know how to measure and be ready to work hard. Also, you have to earn where you are in this field by the end of you years here."