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HVACR Industry Loses Pioneer

MOUNT PROSPECT, Ill. — It is with great sadness that HVAC Excellence announces the passing of Turner Collins, one of the founding fathers of HVACR programmatic accreditation.

Collins, a veteran of the Vietnam War, served as a paratrooper in the 82nd airborne division, an elite infantry division of the army that specializes in parachute assault operations. Upon returning home, he embarked on a 40-year career in the HVACR industry.

As he mastered his craft, he was recruited to become an HVACR instructor, where he spent thirty-years as senior HVACR instructor with what is now the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Jacksboro, Tenn. It is in this role where Turner left his mark on the HVACR industry.

In the late 1990s the Tennessee Board of Regents mandated that their technological programs obtain programmatic accreditation, but quickly realized that no such process was in place for HVACR programs.

Two educational leaders in the state of Tennessee, Turner Collins, and his immediate supervisor Coy Gibson, were tasked with identifying an organization that could establish national standards, and accreditation guidelines for HVACR educational programs. As a result, HVAC Excellence assembled a team of subject matter experts, including Collins and Gibson, to collaborate and develop such standards.