By Michael Nueva / Staff Writer
LBCC air conditioning and refrigeration professor, Dennis DiGiovanni, said the program will discontinue due to student’s low program enrollment.
Despite being discontinued, DiGiovanni said, “There’s always work, there’s certainly mostly demand for air conditioning and refrigeration. I think the employment opportunities are unlimited so it’s gotten to be very diverse as far as a field. Some people like to work on restaurant equipments, others like to work just doing control systems while some like to work in the design portion of it, so you can really go anywhere you choose to go.”
DiGiovanni encourages students who are in the program to take the general education classes necessary to get an associate degree. DiGiovanni said student must understand “science, pressure difference, air properties, physics and math skills. Much of what we do is abstract, but there is a learning center for students who need it.” Due to the physical demands, the program did not attract women, but a few female students enrolled, DiGiovanni said.
Jose Flores, 32, air conditioning and refrigeration major, said, “I decided to take the summer class even though they’re closing the program. I really enjoyed the instructor Dennis because he’s very knowledgeable and has been in the industry for many years.” Flores added he, “felt bad that the college will discontinue the program because I will have to go elsewhere to continue my education.”
Joe Pastora, 56, an air conditioning, heating and refrigeration major, said he “enjoyed the program because it’s hands on and the teachers are really good. Even though we have a lot of questions, teachers will always answer them.” He added, “What I don’t understand is why the college discontinued the program. The people, who decided to discontinue the program, put them in a room with no air conditioning in the summer and no heater in the winter with no one to fix them.”
Laine Blanchard, 33, an air conditioning and certificate major, said the program is good and students learn to trouble shoot, electrical, and the science behind it. Blanchard adds, “I wanted to get the knowledge of the industry with the certificate because I’ve seen friends who were involved in the industry making good money so I know there’s money out there to be made.” After the summer semester, he said he will only be half way through the program so it not only affects him but many other students.
If students need more information, they can visit him in the morning while he is not in class but recommends students to see a counselor for additional information.