Auto Body receives NATEF certification
Monday, March 7, 2011
Posted by: Andrea Yoxall
The Auto Body Collision
Repair Technology program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical
School has received certification by the National Automotive Technicians
Education Foundation and the National Institute for Automotive Service
To achieve this
recognition, the college training program underwent rigorous evaluation by
NATEF. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as
instruction, facilities, and equipment were used. This certification assures
that SCCC/ATS graduates will have the skills need to be an entry-level auto
body technician. ASE is a national non-profit organization which tests and
certifies repair technicians, in addition to certifying automotive training
"Since the merger of
the college and the technical program, the Auto Body program has worked closely
with NATEF to make certain that our program would meet strict industry
standards, and now we are pleased to join the ranks of the ASE certified
training programs,” said Bud Smithson, division chair of industrial technology.
"Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be
assured of getting quality job applicants.”
Instructors are Bree
Downs, Dave Ratzlaff and former instructor Neal Upham.
certification of the automotive cluster for the college that also includes
Diesel Technology and Automotive Mechanics Technology. The Automotive Business
Management program also serves as great support for the three programs and was
an important aspect of the certifications of those three programs.
February is Career and
Technical Education Month.