The Automotive Program received the last two NATEF (National Automotive Technician Education Foundation) accreditations for the spring semester.
The Automotive Program has had 6 out of 8 accreditations for the past 20 years and now they have completed the checklist.
The accreditations contribute to not only the quality of the instructor’s knowledge but it will help get more donations for the program.
“One of the reasons for going in for NATEF is for manufacture and after market donations,” Co Coordinator for the Automotive Program and Assistant Professor Mike Foss said.
Foss said that receiving the last NATEF accreditations means that the program will only grow in training opportunities.
“It gives us a prestige to be in a group of other training programs and it means we are all teaching the same thing it’s just a matter of where you want to go, the classes, location and cost,” Foss said.
Associate Professor of Automotive Service Technology Thomas Robertson agreed with Foss about the program bringing good deals to the table.
“We know that we have a good program but now this is outside verification that we have a good program,” Robertson said.
According to Robertson, the courses he instructs are always filled and he always connects with his students.
“The thing that enjoy most is getting to know the students and be able to watch them grow or develop as their going through,” Robertson said. “Many students I’ll have in their first semester to their fourth semester and it’s amazing how much growth you see within two years.”
The automotive program plans to see more opportunities for donations from part manufacturers and continued growth within the program.
“It makes us take a hard look at the program and say what needs to be updated or changed,” Robertson said. “The technology is constantly evolving and updating so the accreditation helps us stay up to date with the technology.”