Anyone considering heating and ac school should look at the completion rates for the different schools. It’s also important to make sure grads are able to find jobs in the field. Capstone College keeps records of its grads. The most recent information is for 2012 and 2013. In 2012, 37 students started the program. Of those 37, 14 were able to graduate on time. Another six students finished within 150% of the published length of the program. This means a total of 54% of the 2012 students finished the program on time or close to on time.
Only students who graduate on time count for employment rates. Out of the 14 students who finished on time, 12 found work in the field within six months. Eight grads were earning salaries between $20,001 and $25,000. In addition, four earned between $25,001 and $30,000.
Earn Refrigeration Certification to Get Job Security
In 2013, the graduation rate was much higher. There were 40 students who started heating and ac school at Capstone. Of those, 28 graduated on time. Another three graduated within 150% of the time. That means nearly 78% of students finished the program in a reasonable time. When it was time to find jobs, 20 students from the 28 who graduated on time found jobs in six months. Which means 71% of grads found jobs in the field. Eight grads found jobs earning between $20,001 and $25,000. Four earned between $25,001 and $30,000. Another four were earning $40,001 and $45,000. Two had jobs that paid between $15,001 and $20,000. One had a job earning between $30,001 and $35,000. Finally, one more had a job paying between $35,001 and $40,000.
Overall, Capstone grads who earn their refrigeration certification on time find good-paying jobs. On the other hand, it’s very hard to go back and finish for those who don’t graduate on time. If you’re serious about starting the HVAC program, be sure to set aside plenty of time for classes and studying.