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The Jefferson College Automotive Technology program has received full reaccreditation by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation through 2022.
The program underwent a rigorous evaluation using nationally accepted standards of excellence in instruction, facilities and equipment. NATEF accreditation provides external verification of the quality of the Jefferson College Automotive Technology program.
“Achieving national accreditation status is a testament to our never-ending obligation to provide students with the very best technical training and instruction,” said Jefferson College President Dr. Raymond Cummiskey. “We want to be the leading choice for anyone in our region who has the desire to train for a successful career as an automotive technician.”
Led by instructors Gerard Uhls and Bradley Berrey, the Jefferson College Automotive Technology program is a popular training option, allowing students to pursue an Associate of Applied Science degree or a Career and Technical certificate. Graduates are employed at some of the most respected and well-known repair facilities throughout the region.
According to the NATEF accrediting team, the program’s strengths include instructors who are very good at their jobs, up-to-date shop equipment and well-equipped classrooms, a clean work area, attention to safety at all times, and student contact following graduation.
In connection to the NATEF reaccreditation, the College recently began a renovation project to improve student learning in the Automotive Technology program by better utilizing shop space and by emulating a modern shop environment. The improvements include doubling the amount of lifted working spaces for increased hands-on learning, installing energy-efficient high-powered LED lighting, increasing storage capacity, updating workbenches and cabinetry, refinishing floors, and painting walls.
“Jefferson College has a long history of high quality instruction and NATEF certification keeps this program on a national level,” said Uhls. “We are very thankful for all the support we received from College personnel and the automotive professionals that made this happen. Students will be assured of continued quality education and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants.”