WVC ESRT program receives renewed Career Launch endorsement

January 22, 2024 

Media Contacts:  
Yuritzi Lozano, dean of allied health and professional technical programs, 509-682-6614, ylozano@wvc.edu 
Jennifer Korfiatis, interim public information officer, 509-682-6436, jkorfiatis@wvc.edu 

The Environmental Systems and Refrigeration program at Wenatchee Valley College has once again received a Career Launch endorsement through Career Connect Washington. 

According to the Career Connect Washington website, Career Launch programs “combine meaningful, high-quality on-the-job experience with classroom learning. Programs like registered apprenticeships can position someone to be hired right away; they can also fulfill the work-based learning requirement for 4-year degrees.” 

“With this endorsement renewal, ESRT has demonstrated a continued commitment to getting students on-the-job experiences in a field that is in high demand,” said Yuritzi Lozano, WVC Dean of Allied Health and Professional Technical Programs. 

The WVC ESRT program offers an associate of technical science degree program, in addition to two certificates of completion: Basic HVACR and Controls, and Commercial/Industrial HVACR and DDC Controls. The program prepares graduates for entry-level jobs such as service technicians, mechanics, maintenance personnel, application engineers, electronic temperature controls specialists, and environmental systems designers.  

WVC has six other programs that have received Career Launch endorsement: automotive technology, computer technician-help desk/IT support, drafting, machining technology, industrial technology-electronics, and the Bachelor of Applied Science-engineering technology. 

Career Connect Washington is comprised of business, labor, education, and community leaders who are creating work-based and academic programs for young people to explore, learn, and earn money or college-level credit. CCW bridges the gap between employers and educators by providing the connection, funding, and support they need to deliver high-quality academic and work-based experiences for Washington students.   


Wenatchee Valley College enriches North Central Washington by serving educational and cultural needs of communities and residents throughout the service area. The college is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion for all students and employees and provides high-quality transfer, liberal arts, professional/technical, basic skills and continuing education for students of diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds. Visit our website, wvc.edu. 

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