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School Board of the City of Virginia Beach names Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. superintendent

The School Board of the City of Virginia Beach voted to name Dr. Donald Robertson Jr. as superintendent at its meeting Jan. 23. A native of Hampton Roads, Dr. Robertson began his career as a math teacher with Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) in 1988 and progressed in leadership roles including assistant principal of Bayside High School, principal of Salem High School, chief strategy and innovation officer, chief schools officer, chief of staff and acting superintendent. 

Logo Virginia Beach City Public Schools Charting the Course

Hundreds of Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) students will participate in the 16th Annual African American Male Summit on Jan. 20 at Frank W. Cox High School. Boys in grades six through 12 will share ideas with each other and with adult community members on topics such as student leadership, community involvement, relationship-building, and physical and mental well-being.

Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating (HVAC)

Are you a mechanical person who is interested in how things work? Check out Air Conditioning, Refrigeration, and Heating, a two-year, six credit program, where you will learn many of the skills the heating and cooling industry is seeking in qualified behind-the-scenes candidates! You will learn in a 

real lab, with real equipment, computers and software, and you will even have the opportunity earn the HVAC Excellence Certification, a highly regarded and sought after credential!
This is a two-year course in which the student learns the theory and practical applications of air conditioning, refrigeration and heating equipment servicing. The course covers safety, soldering, brazing, piping, electrical circuits, central air units, window units, ice makers, refrigerators, oil and gas furnaces and heat pumps. Students will prepare for the following credentials or certifications: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Examinations- Levels I, II, & III, Core and Universal; R410A Reclamation Safety Certification; HVAC Excellence Examinations- Electricity, Basic Refrigeration & Charging, and Air Conditioning; and the Workplace Readiness Skills for the Commonwealth Examination.
 

Right now students in HVAC are working on:
Participating in field trips to HVAC Wholesale Suppliers, Kellam Mechanical, and Mechanical Services Company
Hands-on building with HVAC training equipment
Installing air conditioning and ductwork systems in the Foundation House
 

After the Tech Center: 
Apprenticeships: on-the-job training in several local companies - earn while you learn!
TCC: Certificate, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration; AAS, Engineering and Industrial Technology:
             Electromechanical Controls Technology or Industrial Management


ODU: BS Mechanical Engineering
 

Careers:
Heating, Air Condition, and Refrigeration Mechanics and Installers
Home Appliance Repairer
Construction and Building Inspector
Cost Estimator
Sheet Metal Worker

Internships:
All students at the Tech Center have the option to obtain an internship towards the end of their experience here. The philosophy is that there is invaluable knowledge and experience to be gained working side-by-side with a professional in an actual environment. Below are some of the great internships our students have had, thanks to Air Conditioning, Refrigeration & Heating!
The following businesses are a sampling of those who have employed our students as interns in heating and air conditioning positions:



MSCO, Inc.
Edge Mechanical
Warwick Plumbing and Heating Corporation

Daniel Ramos, Instructor 
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