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NMJC Automotive Programs Maintain National Certification

NMJC Automotive Programs Maintain National Certification photo 11/25/2008 12:11:09 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. The Ford and General Motors Automotive Technology training programs at New Mexico Junior College have once again received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

To achieve this coveted recognition, NMJC's automotive technology training programs recently 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," said Donald Seyfer, NATEF chair. "Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that NMJC's graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by NMJC, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the work force."

Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that NMJC be re-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.

Dr. Randy Whicker, Professor of Automotive Technology for the Ford-ASSET program at NMJC, is understandably pleased with the renewed certification. "We're certainly proud of our automotive programs here at NMJC. The fact that we have been NATEF certified since 1993 speaks volumes regarding the quality of training available here for individuals wanting to prepare for a career in the automotive service industry. It's important to note that this couldn't be accomplished without the support of local automobile dealerships and independent repair facilities."

Sam Gilcrease, Professor of Automotive Technology for the GM-ASEP program, also stresses the partnerships that are created by maintaining national certification. "Students can be assured of a high quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants. It's definitely a win-win for everyone," he said.

For more information about NMJC's automotive technology programs, contact Dr. Randy Whicker (Ford) at 575.492.2865 or Sam Gilcrease (GM) at 575.492.2863.

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