Originally Published: November 19, 2018 6:58 p.m.
The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) is proud to announce that Yavapai College’s Automotive Program has been awarded accreditation through 2023. The award was presented Nov. 1 at the College’s Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) in Prescott.
To receive accreditation, an auto mechanic education program must meet all the standards set forth by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF), which includes an on-site evaluation, examination of class syllabi, sequence of instruction, and program training materials. Patricia Serratore, NATEF President said, “Both the Educational and Automotive community should be proud of Yavapai College’s commitment to quality automotive training.”
“NATEF ensures that the program is meeting strict industry standards required for accreditation for maintenance and light repair for the Automotive Industry,” said Yavapai College Dean of the School for Career and Technical Education, John Morgan. “NATEF complimented us for attaining the level of excellence recognized by ASE Education Foundation.”
Morgan went on to give credit to his instructors and a special thank you to Professor Jerrad Smith for his hard work over the last 28 months to get CTEC’s Automotive Program ASE accredited. “There are only five approved programs in the state, and this is the first time we have been approved since 2004,” Morgan stated.
Jerry Peterson, ASE Program Reviewer, said in a letter to the College, “You have done a fantastic job. Better than anyone else of the 30 or so programs I have visited thus far. Corrected all deficiencies within the time frame and I am pleased to recommend you for ASE NATEF Accreditation.”
“We have an excellent facility, which was remodeled in 2015 to expand automotive,” said Morgan. “We have a lot of modern equipment, which ensures students have a low equipment-to-student ratio, and labs that are up-to-date and current. We just completed a $405,000 infusion into the Auto and Diesel programs to modernize engines and transmissions.”
For more information on the Automotive Program at Yavapai College, go online to yc.edu/auto or call 928-776-2002.