PLEASE NOTE (Feb. 24, 2021): SFSC does not currently offer evening HVAC courses.

AVON PARK, Fla. – Oct. 21, 2016 – South Florida State College is opening its air conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology program to evening students starting in Jan. 2017. Students interested in the program can learn more at an evening open house on Nov. 17.

The 22-month long evening program kicks off with the start of classes on Jan. 4, 2017. Classes run 6–10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, on the SFSC Highlands Campus in Avon Park.

“This is a great opportunity for folks who work low-wage 9 to 5 jobs but who want to enter a well-paying career,” said Tom Bush, SFSC’s chair of Technical-Industrial Education. “These individuals see themselves as underemployed, and this program will offer them the opportunity to learn the skills of an in-demand profession.”

Bush said a career in HVAC—the shorthand for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning— offers stable employment. “There’s one job that can never get outsourced abroad and that’s showing up at Florida home to repair an air conditioner or grocery store’s freezer,” he said.

Students can complete the daytime HVAC class in approximately one year. The 22-month evening class, though, will accommodate students who work during the day.

On Thursday, Nov. 17, SFSC will host an open house to showcase the program to prospective students. Bush said individuals interested in starting the program are welcome to attend the open house any time between 5 and 7 p.m., in Building N, Room 210.

Bush noted that, because of the program’s length, students may qualify for financial aid, including Pell Grants. They can get their financial aid questions answered at the open house, he said. Tuition is $720 each academic term, with lab fees varying by term.

The SFSC Highlands Campus is located at 600 W. College Dr., Avon Park.

Information about the air conditioning, heating and refrigeration technology program, can be found on SFSC’s website: Visit the page and type “HVAC” in the search box at the top of the screen.

For more information about the program or the open house, contact Bush at 863-784-7117 or For information about financial aid, contact the college’s Financial Aid Office at 863-784-7134.