Ohio Business College Meets the Demand for HVAC/R Jobs with New Diploma Program

Sheffield Village, OH, November 11, 2018 – Ohio Business College is set to launch a new HVAC/R diploma program in January. The 64 credit-hour diploma program is designed to prepare students to install, maintain, service and repair all types of residential and commercial HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration) equipment.

“With the job market for finding trained employees so competitive, we are excited to offer a program that will graduate students with skills to meet the needs of our community,” said Carson Burke, Campus Director at OBC. “We chose the HVAC-R program because of high demand for skilled labor in our market,” she said. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for trained HVAC/R technicians are projected to grow 15 percent between 2016 and 2026 – much faster than average for all occupations.

Ohio Business College, located in Sheffield Village, OH, provides a combination of traditional classroom education and hands-on training to prepare students for careers in business, health and medical, and the trades. “The advantage of being a small proprietary school is that we can respond to career trends very quickly to support the job demand,” Burke said.

OBC’s comprehensive HVAC/R program consists of four quarters of study, equivalent to 12 months of coursework. Students learn about refrigeration, heating and cooling, electricity, controls and safety in a lab setting. Their hands-on training gives them the opportunity to practice installing, diagnosing and repairing HVAC/R equipment.

Once students graduate from the program, they are able to sit for the EPA608 Certification exam, a prerequisite for servicing building air conditioning and refrigeration systems. New commercial and residential building construction is expected to drive employment growth in the industry, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Classes in the HVAC/R program at OBC begin on January 14, 2019. For more information or to apply online, contact Ohio Business College at 888-514-3126.

“Ohio Business College has been supported by employers of the surrounding Lorain, Elyria and Sandusky communities for years,” Burke said, “and we hope to continue to offer them qualified employees from our student graduates.”

OBC was established in 1903 as Lorain Business College, a private, co-educational school in Lorain, OH. It grew substantially and gained accreditation’s, new programs and additional campuses in the 1980’s. In 1998, the college officially changed its name to Ohio Business College.


Carson Burke, Program Director, cburke@ohiobusinesscollege.edu