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Automotive program re-accredited at top level

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Apr 8 2019
Man holds plaque in garage with cars on lifts in background.
David Myers, who’s completing his eighth year as the Automotive Systems Technology Program Coordinator at Southwestern Community College, holds a plaque announcing his program’s latest accreditation by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation.

Southwestern Community College’s automotive systems technology program recently received a Master Automobile Service Technology accreditation – the highest level of achievement recognized by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).

To achieve this recognition, SCC’s program underwent rigorous evaluation by NATEF. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment were used.

The accreditation is valid through April 1, 2024.

“Our top goal is to make sure our students can be successful in their careers after they graduate from Southwestern, and we work hard to ensure they’re training on the latest technology,” said David Myers, who’s been the automotive program coordinator since fall of 2011. “It means a lot for the best-known re-accreditation agency in the country to honor us in this way.”

Upon completing the evaluation, NATEF recommended SCC be accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE is a national non-profit organization that tests and certifies repair technicians in addition to accrediting automotive training programs.

“We commend you and your staff for maintaining your program’s standards and continuing to meet the industry’s requirements,” wrote Michael Cohey, ASE President, in an email notifying Myers of the re-accrediation. “The explosion in automotive technology makes your high-quality automotive training program more valuable than ever.”