Auto Program receives highest level of NATEF Accreditation
Jan 23, 2014
Eastern Maine Community College (EMCC) has received its reaccreditation from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), a nonprofit organization committed to improving the quality of automotive technician training programs nationwide. The accreditation, in Master Automotive Service Technology, is the highest level offered by NATEF.
An accreditation by NATEF signifies a program meeting the highest standards, and speaks to the quality of the program’s faculty, curriculum, and overall operations. For local employers, this ensures for a pool of highly trained entry-level technicians, whose education has been aligned with industry standards.
The accreditation comes after a year-long process, led by Richard Thomas, Faculty Chair of the Automotive Technology program. This process included a self-study, which was approved by the program’s advisory board after intense review. It was then sent to NATEF, which reviewed and proceeded with an on-site evaluation. Following a successful evaluation, the college received its reaccreditation.
“This is a recognition that gives a huge value to our prospective and current students,” Thomas says. “It lets them know that Automotive Technology at EMCC is a quality program where they can gain the necessary skills and knowledge to be competitive in the automotive job market.”
In addition to meeting accreditation standards, the college invested in $70,000 worth of new tools and equipment, and received an additional $5,000 worth of donated hand tools from Tractor Supply Company in Bangor. The EMCC curriculum has also been aligned to offer dual-enrollment credit, so that students from regional technical institutes – such as United Technologies Center or Tri-County Technical Center – can continue their education towards a higher degree at EMCC without repeating classes.
“Eastern Maine Community College is committed to the highest quality education. NATEF’s reaccreditation of our Automotive Technology program speaks to that quality, as well as the commendable work our faculty are doing to ensure EMCC students graduate with the skills demanded from industry, which will help lead them to jobs,” says EMCC president Lawrence Barrett, Ed.D.
Eastern Maine Community College is a two-year college that provides the highest quality post-secondary technical, career and transfer education and serves as a dynamic community and economic development resource. In addition to its Bangor campus, the college has three off-campus higher education centers in Dover-Foxcroft, Ellsworth, and East Millinocket.
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