NATEF accreditation boosts CTE Auto Tech program

Clare-Gladwin CTE Auto Tech Paraeducator Suzanne Ledford and Instructor Rich Hollister display the NATEF certification documents.

Clare-Gladwin CTE Auto Tech Paraeducator Suzanne Ledford and Instructor Rich Hollister display the NATEF certification documents.

Students learning Automotive Technology in the Clare-Gladwin Career & Technical Education program will continue to enter the workforce prepared, experienced...and certified.

That last part is especially important, so CTE officials were pleased to learn that the auto program recently attained re-certification with the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. To achieve this coveted recognition, the CTE Auto Tech program underwent rigorous evaluation by NATEF, which employs nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment.

“For our students, this gives them a head start to a successful career,” said Instructor Rich Hollister. “All dealerships require employees to meet Automotive Service Excellence standards, and the NATEF training program gives them the skills required to be ASE-certified. NATEF is a nationwide certification program, so our students can use those credentials throughout the U.S. to gain employment.”

Hollister said the accreditation process is quite involved.

“The curriculum is reviewed to make sure it meets national standards,” he said. “The funding, the teaching staff and the facilities are also reviewed to make sure that we have the proper equipment, tools, training space and employment opportunities.”

Accreditation must be renewed every five years. For Hollister, who’s been teaching CTE Auto Tech for nine years, this is his second successful trip through the process. He’s proud of what the NATEF recognition says about the program and its students.

“I think this shows that we are reaching to be more successful and want to acquire the training to produce qualified members of the job force,” he said. “There is a lot of hard work involved, and we’ve been working on this for the last five months. To get ready for this and still be able to have our students be as successful as they have been with testing shows me that we had a great team this year.”

CTE STUDENTS ACHIEVE ASE AUTO CERTIFICATION

(CLARE) – Twenty-three Auto Technology students recently gained certification through the Automotive Service Excellence test for electrical and electronic systems. More than 80 percent of the high school students, enrolled through the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District’s Career & Technology Education program, passed the test to achieve certification.

Left to right: Christian Kuhns, Dakota Burgess, Max Crafard, Connor Vanbuskirk, Max Taylor, Corbin Brewer, Zach Hillier, Zach Bowers, Cody Coburn and Jeffery Lawrence.

The CTE Auto Tech students took the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) test for electrical/electronic systems in early January. Instructor Rich Hollister was impressed with the results.

“The student ASE testing is a very hard test, and unlike any other test platform that these students have ever had,” Hollister said. “Not only does it test the students on the area of automotive repair that they have been studying, it also tests each student’s ability to problem solve. The technology of the modern automobile is complicated, and to repair it properly, a technician has to have very good math skills and the ability to follow a flow chart.

Left to right, Dylan Worden, Austin Currier, Ronnie Richardson, Carlos Zieroff, Sulley Cousineau, Josh Pate, Travis Krueger, David Sturgeon, Brandon Cergnul, Brandon Pahl and Aron Pohl.

“The students perform tests using computerized equipment reading data and comparing to what the data should read,” he added. “Then they determine a corrective action to make the repair. In order to properly diagnose and repair a fault with a vehicle, it takes a special type of problem solving skills to determine the correct repair is performed.”

For students, ASE Student Certification can be thought of as the first step in building a career as a service professional by providing them with their first industry-recognized certification through ASE. Student certification is valid for two years from the date of the exam. The testing program’s independent assessment is a particularly valuable tool for instructors and administrators who are working to respond to today’s increasing demands for measurable outcomes and accountability.

“I am very proud of this group of students,” Hollister said. “They have all worked very hard to pass this test, and it shows with an 80% pass rate, which is nearly double of some previous years. This group of students will be a great asset to the workforce in the near future, and with the demand for certified automotive technicians being so high, they will definitely find gainful employment when they graduate.”

Added Para-Educator Suzanne Ledford: “We have a great group of kids this year, so I wasn’t surprised they did so well. They worked hard and their efforts paid off.”

Students earning certification include Zach Bowers, Max Crafard, Devun Grein, Christian Kuhns, Matt Shaw and Connor Vanbuskirk of Clare; Corbin Brewer, Cody Coburn and Jeffery Lawrence  of Farwell; Brandon Cergnul, Sulley Cousineau, Austin Currier, Travis Krueger, Ronnie Richardson, David Sturgeon and Carlos Zieroff of Beaverton; Brandon Pahl, Josh Pate, Aaron Pohl and Dylan Worden of Gladwin; Zach Hillier and Max Taylor of Harrison; and Dakota Burgess of Coleman.