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Fauquier County Public Schools (FCPS) continues its innovative partnership with Laurel Ridge Work Force Solutions by introducing two new classes for rising seniors in the upcoming academic year. Beginning Fall 2024, students will have the opportunity to enroll in HVAC Level 1 and Plumbing Level 1 courses, aimed at providing comprehensive training in these in-demand trades.

The HVAC Level 1 course will kick off in the fall semester, offering students a foundational understanding of Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems. This double-blocked class will feature a hybrid curriculum, blending online modules with hands-on classroom and lab sessions. Through this comprehensive program, students will delve into various aspects of HVAC, including safety protocols, construction math, power and hand tool usage, construction drawings interpretation, and essential HVAC practices.

In the spring semester, FCPS will introduce Plumbing Level 1, providing students with fundamental knowledge and skills in plumbing. This course will also follow a double-blocked structure and utilize a hybrid learning approach. Students will explore topics such as plumbing safety, tool usage, plumbing math and drawings, pipe and fitting installation techniques, fixture installation, and drainage and water systems.

Both classes will be hosted at the newly opened Trades Building on the Laurel Ridge Community College campus in Warrenton. Transportation to and from the campus will be provided for enrolled students, ensuring accessibility and convenience. Interested students are encouraged to reach out to their school counselors for application details. The application deadline for HVAC Level 1 is May 1, 2024.

"These new offerings represent our commitment to providing diverse educational opportunities that prepare students for successful careers," said Sarah Frye, FCPS Career & Technical Education Supervisor. "By partnering with Laurel Ridge Work Force Solutions, we're equipping our students with valuable skills and certifications that align with the needs of our local workforce."

FCPS recognizes the importance of fostering career readiness and is proud to collaborate with industry leaders like Laurel Ridge Work Force Solutions to offer cutting-edge programs that empower students to thrive in today's job market.

For more information about these courses and other educational initiatives, students and families should reach out to their school’s counseling department.