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Student installs part of HVAC unit in Habitat house.



The North Georgia Technical College Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) program students recently partnered with Habitat for Humanity to build a house for a family in Lumpkin County. Habitat initially approached the Lumpkin County High School Industrial Technology class to build the houses, and they reached out to the HVAC program at NGTC to help on the project. 


“The students do everything from heat load calculation on the house to a finished, running A/C system,” said NGTC HVAC instructor Barry Benfield. “The students get the true effects of the HVAC industry with hands-on practice and have truly enjoyed every step of the way.”


The team has now worked on two houses for Habitat at Lumpkin County High School that were later taken to location for donation. Students involved in the project were Justin McCray of Hiawassee, Levi Nicholson of Toccoa, Clifford Thompson of Lavonia, Matthew Harkins of Cleveland, Toni Nelson of Murrayville, Brandon Henslee of Cleveland, Timothy Moon of Cleveland, Jesus Martinez of Cornelia, Tyler Parker of Royston, Cameron Mason of Lavonia, Cody Smith of Clarkesville, and Johnathon Smith of Cornelia.

Two students working on HVAC unit to be installed in Habitat house project.