The Directors of bring a wealth of experience


Chris Compton, CMHE
CEO, Founder, and Director



Chris, a 20 year HVACR instructor at North Idaho College, saw a unique opportunity in online education (high quality education anywhere and anytime via the Internet) to help new students and anyone already working in the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and or Building Performance industry to:

1)    enter the HVACR trade

2)    move up the career ladder

3)    re-train for a career change

4)    refresh knowledge and skills

5)    succeed in achieving industry certifications

6)    earn Continuing Education Units for re-certification


From that idea, grew.


Chris has become the specialist in online curriculum development for the trades, the psychology behind online learning, creating web pages, use of video and simulation instruction, and learning through the web. Chris is the CEO, Project Director, and Content Development Manager (as well as chief cook and bottle washer) of


Chris brings 37 years of experience in the HVACR field as a student, technician, contractor, and instructor.  He has been certified at the Installation and Service level in all five of the NATE certifications.  In 1998 he was selected as one of the top 10 outstanding Trades and Industry Educators in the U.S. by ACTE (Association of Career and Technical Education), formerly AVA (American Vocational Association).  He received the Imperial Award from RSES for Commercial Refrigeration in 1997, and is a CMS member of RSES.  Chris has achieved the CMHE (Certified Master HVACR Educator) status from HVAC Excellence. In 2014 he was selected as the Teacher of the Year by the ACHR News.  Chris serves as an educational consultant and advisor to HVACR and Building Performance online learning efforts around the Globe.


Chris loves the outdoors – especially when he’s fly fishing, driving his “brand new” 1948 Stinson 108-3, playing horseshoes, working the Blue C Ranch, singing bluegrass or trolling for silvers in the Straits of Juan de Fuca. 


Chris can be reached at 


Patricia Leiser

Administration and Student Services Director


Hello, I’m Patty.  Like many of you, I have a passion for education and lifelong learning.  I have a Bachelor of Science in Education/Business from the University of Idaho where I transferred after two years at Gonzaga University’s Organizational Leadership.  Many of my college courses were via distance education.  I also studied with North Idaho College, Berean Bible College, and Riverside Community College.  I bring to you over 35 years of work experience in business and education. 


I also volunteer my time and skills to church, community, school, veterans, alzheimers, cancer research, Second Harvest, and Habitat for Humanity organizations.  I believe the future of education is online, and employment opportunities are in the trades.  I am honored to work with and dedicate myself to providing excellent service to our students, clients, faculty, and crew.


On a personal note, I have a nice little office with a view of the forest from our cabin in the woods.  I love the northwest because I can go right outside and enjoy hiking, cross country skiing, biking, canoeing, and camping—my favorite activities.  In the summer, I grow a garden and pick wild huckleberries.  I look forward to working with each of you to help you reach your career goals. 


I can be reached at