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Leeward Automotive Program Gains National Certification

Posted on | August 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Leeward Automotive Program Gains National Certification

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The automotive technology program at Leeward received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. To achieve this coveted recognition, the program underwent rigorous evaluation by NATEF. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment were used.

“This is great news for automotive-minded young people and their parents,” says Donald Seyfer, NATEF chair. “Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that Leeward’s graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by Leeward Community College, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the work force.”

Leeward’s automotive program has been certified in several service/repair areas—automatic transmission/transaxle, brakes, electrical systems, engine performance, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, manual drive train and axles and suspension and steering.

Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that Leeward Community College be certified by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), which is a national non-profit organization that tests and certifies repair technicians, in addition to certifying automotive training programs.

Jake Darakjian, professor and automotive program coordinator added, “During the past few months, we have worked closely with NATEF to make certain that our program would meet strict industry standards, and now we are delighted to join the ranks of the ASE certified training programs. Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants.”

Read the news release.