The Automotive Technology program at Ivy Tech Community College Northeast has once again received accreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.
The foundation is the educational branch of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, which provides the industry standard certification.
“The accreditation means we’re teaching industry-recognized material that meet the needs of local employers,” says Nick Goodnight, an automotive technology instructor at Ivy Tech Northeast.
Graduates from the program will have a degree that carries more weight than it would from an unaccredited institution, and employers will know the quality and rigor of the program because of the certification.
Part of the foundation’s requirements for certification include meeting 12 standards, including:
- The automotive technician training program should have clearly stated program goals, related to the needs of the students and employers served.
- An officially sanctioned program advisory committee must be used to provide input on program goals.
- Equipment and tools must be of the type and quality found in the repair industry and must also be the type needed to provide training to meet the program goals and performance objectives.
“By utilizing standards established by industry, NATEF examines the structure, resources and quality of training programs with the goal to improve the quality of training offered at secondary and post-secondary, public and proprietary schools,” according to the foundation’s website.