The automotive training program at Pulaski Technical College's Saline County Career Center in Bauxite has received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
The center's automotive program has been certified in the following areas: brakes, electrical electronics systems, engine performance, and suspension and steering.
To achieve this recognition, the school's automotive training program underwent rigorous evaluation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (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 Saline County Career Center's graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by Saline County Career Center, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the work force."
Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that Saline County Career Center be certified by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). ASE is a national non-profit organization which tests and certifies repair technicians, in addition to certifying automotive training programs.
"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 glad to be a NATEF-certified training program," said Zeke Woodard, one of the automotive technology instructors at the Saline County Career Center. "Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality entry-level technicians."
About 85 students from Bryant, Benton and Bauxite high schools are enrolled in Pulaski Tech's automotive training program at the Saline County Career Center.
Students learn tasks essential for entry-level work in the automotive technology field, such as mounting and balancing tires, diagnosing and repairing brake systems, changing fluids, diagnosing and repairing parts of a suspension system, diagnosing simple electronic circuits for faults, and minor engine diagnosis.
"The NATEF certification allows the student to carry this credit to any other NATEF-certified program," Woodard said.