University of Hawaii Community Colleges
Instructional Annual Report of Program Data (ARPD)

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College: Honolulu Community College
Program: Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Tech

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The last comprehensive review for this program was on December 13, 2013.

Program Description

Program Mission: The Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Technology program's mission is the serve the community as a learning-centered, open door program that provides technical training to meet the demands of the industry and the needs of the individual. An open-exit option allows the students to identify their career objectives and participate in program exploration.


Program Description: The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Program prepares students for employment as technicians in the design, operation, service, repair, installation and sales of these systems and equipment.   The program combines theory with extensive practical hands-on training designed to simulate the actual work environment and skills needed to excel in this challenging field.  Labs afford the student the opportunity to install, repair, and/or operate actual field equipment, such as commercial package and split system A/C, liquid chillers; commercial ice machines; and domestic equipment.

Part I. Quantitative Indicators

Glossary | Health Call Scoring Rubric

Part II. Analysis of the Program

I don’t understand the analysis that gives the program a CAUTIONARY title.  Why do they feel the program is not healthy when the majority of the RAC graduates find jobs in the field of their choice?


ARPD reports:

New and Replacement Positions (State) in 2016-2017 went from 168 to 176 in 2017-2018 that is an increase of 8 jobs.


New and Replacement Positions (County) in 2016-2107 went from 144 to 152 in 2017-2018 that is an increase of 8 jobs.



The HCC HVAC instructors continue to maintain communication even after graduation.  The instructors exposes the students to companies that may be a good fit with what the students are interested in.


In the future HCC HVAC instructors will make themselves available for future program assessments.   It is our opinion that our data should also be considered for these reviews for more accurate results. 

Part III. Action Plan


1.) Contact professional services to help recruit non-traditional students to the program.

2.) Will continue to use and expand computer based learning .

3.) Working with my new instructor to expand on student success and learning.

Part IV. Resource Implications

  1. Work with Division Chair and Division Dean to ensure that student enrollment is maximized to the amount allowed based on classroom seating and available modules.  
  2. RAC instructors will continue to refer interested students to counselors for enrollment instructions and advice.

Effectiveness Indicators:

  1. Work with Division Chair and Division Dean to determine the reason for students are dropping out. 
  2. Counsel students on reasons for dropping class and refer students to counselor for guidance.    

Program Student Learning Outcomes

For the 2017-2018 program year, some or all of the following P-SLOs were reviewed by the program:

this year?
Program Student Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate positive work habits and attitudes;


Gain employment in the field of refrigeration and air conditioning;


Demonstrate knowledge and skills required for the repair and maintenance of air conditioning and refrigeration equipment according to National Standards.

A) Evidence of Industry Validation


The program is based on the Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) and industry feedback.  The advisory committee developed initial PLOs.  The program continues to receive positive feedback such as:


Private RAC companies have contacted me looking to hire students after graduation.

Union RAC companies have contacted me looking to hire students after graduation. 

B) Expected Level Achievement


The expected level of achievement for the RAC program is 100%.  Each course is a capstone course with its own SLOs, designed to align with and meet the PLOs. Students must complete each course with letter grade of "C" or better to move on to the next course.

C) Courses Assessed

During the 2017-2018 academic years, like any other academic year, all RAC courses are routinely assessed.  Details and specific outcomes of the assessment can be viewed in an Assessment Inventory folder located in the Tech 1 Dean's Office. 

D) Assessment Strategy/Instrument

In response to accreditation recommendations relating to outcomes based assessment, the College has adopted processes and timelines to ensure that systematic assessment of course SLOs take place.  Faculty were provided with a course SLO assessment inventory template and were asked to complete the form for courses taught starting from 2017-2018 academic year.

Detailed results and other information can be extracted from these forms in the Assessment Inventory folder located in the Tech 1 Dean's Office.

Central to performing additional comprehensive program and course SLO assessments is gaining a stronger understanding of the entire process and expectations. While the College has made considerable efforts and changes to strengthen the entire process, we are hopeful that further training will be provided moving forward.

E) Results of Program Assessment

Assessments of the RAC program SLOs indicate that it is meeting industry needs. RAC has consistently maintained high standards and exceptional rapport with industry members. 

F) Other Comments

Industry demand remains at an all time high and students must wait to enter the program.  HVAC businesses continue to see growth due to apartment development and commercial and residential build outs.  

G) Next Steps


We will continue to work with the division chair and members of the administration for opportunities to better serve our students.