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Auto Body receives NATEF certification

Monday, March 7, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Andrea Yoxall
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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 Excellence (ASE).

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 programs.

"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.

This completes 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.

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