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Somers High School Student Finds Success in PNW BOCES HVAC Program

brazing copper pipesSomers High School senior Wyatt Brown has learned valuable skills during his time at the PNW BOCES Career and Technical Education Center’s HVAC Plumbing and Pipe Fitting program and plans to make it a career. 

 “I like it a lot,” Brown said. “It’s helped me pick out a future.” With some work experience already under his belt, Brown says he’s looking at HVAC programs at SUNY Delhi and SUNY Alfred to further his training. 

Brown is one of 55 area high school students in the program. The HVAC curriculum is designed to allow students to learn the basics of plumbing and electricity all the way up through the installation of equipment through troubleshooting and set up. 

The two-year program for high school juniors and seniors trains them using real field equipment and gives them experience performing actual repairs and adjustments.  By the end of their two years, students will have worked on everything from refrigeration units for home refrigerators all the way up to advanced commercial equipment. Students may participate in an internship as well as receive Environmental Protection Agency certification.