Diesel Technology, Automotive Mechanics Technology and the Auto Body Collision Repair Technology programs at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School have all received certification from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
To achieve this recognition, the college training programs 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 programs.
"Since the merger of the college and these technical programs, have 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.”
The automotive cluster also includes Automotive Business Management program that serves as great support for the three programs and was an important aspect of the certifications of those three programs.