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HVAC Students Complete Project

DCC HVAC students, faculty gather on site at the Chatham Youth League Concession Stand. Shown, left to right, are: front row:  Mark McCraney, Michael Scales, Thomas Dodson, Professor Derick Vicks and Billy Hayes; second row: DCC President Dr. Bruce Scism, Jarrett Snead, Derek Linder, John Quinn, Davey Bayes, Thomas Morse and Cody Thrower; third row: Kenneth McClellan, Matt Fulcher, Mike Wiles, Reggie Crews, Brandon Oliff and Chatham Youth League President Ronnie Fowler.

DANVILLE, VA, July 2, 2014 – Danville Community College’s first year students in the air conditioning and refrigeration program recently completed a community service project for the Chatham Youth League to upgrade their Concession Stand at Crider Ball Field. The addition consisted of adding two new handicap accessible bathrooms and a storage room.
Derick Vicks, Assistant Professor of Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, said his students gained hands on experience by completing a load calculation (heat gain/loss calculation) on the existing building and the additional structure. Once the calculation was performed, the students designed, fabricated, and installed a complete heat pump system. They removed the old wiring that was already in the structure and pulled over 2,000 feet of new wire, along with the installation of EMT conduit, recessed can lighting, GFCI circuits, and new circuits throughout the building. Walls were framed, a window and interior/exterior doors installed, along with anything needed to complete the rough in for the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and electrical.
“There was an average of 16 students on the job and as many as 20 participating,? Vicks explained. “The project took a total of eight days to complete and a total of over 900 volunteer hours. The students learned a wealth of knowledge and hands on experience from this project. This was knowledge gained that cannot be taught in the classroom.
“The response from the students was overwhelming,? Vicks continued. “We had students show up on snow days that the college was closed and even on Saturday to give of their time. They showed up eager each day to learn and get the task at hand completed. A special thank you to Ronnie Fowler, Chatham Youth League President, for allowing DCC students the opportunity to give back to the community and for the experiences they received.?
The Chatham Youth League serves more than 500 youth annually, ranging in age from four to 16 years old. The League offers baseball, starting with T-ball and advancing through Major League, as well as softball.
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