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Hill College’s Auto Program Receives NATEF, ASE Accreditation

02.03.15

             Hill College’s automotive technology program has received accreditation from the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF) and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), following a months-long evaluation process.

            ASE is a national non-profit organization which tests and certifies repair technicians, in addition to accrediting automotive training programs upon recommendation by NATEF. NATEF examines the structure, resources and quality of training programs and evaluates them against standards established by the industry. 

“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 accredited training programs,” said Hill College Automotive Technology coordinator Jerry Hampton. “This is an added assurance for our students and employers of the quality training we provide.”

            Hill College’s program has been accredited at the Automobile Service Technology Level, encompassing the following areas: Engine Repair, Automatic Transmissions, Manual Drive Train and Axles, Suspension and Steering, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Heating and Air-Conditioning, Engine Performance, and Auto Maintenance & Light Repair.

            The evaluation process involved two major steps: an extensive self-evaluation, followed by an on-site evaluation.  Program instructors, administrators, and advisory committee members rated the program on 10 standards, including instruction, equipment, facilities, finances and cooperative work agreements.

            The on-site evaluation was conducted by an Evaluation Team Leader (ETL), aided by local technicians who agreed to serve as team members. The team evaluated curriculum, tools and equipment, and toured the classrooms and shop/lab area of the facility, located at 206 N. Wilhite. 

Members of the on-site evaluation team were Ronnie McCoy, of Lone Star Autoplex;

Steven Cheatham at Quality Brakes and Alignment; Kurt Ward, at Kris Brown Chevrolet; and Jeff Peacock of Peacock’s Transmission.

            The project was led by Hill College automotive instructor Curtis Jenkins, who compiled necessary documentation; worked with the program’s advisory committee and area technicians to perform the self-evaluation; and coordinated the onsite evaluation with NATEF.

            “Our local partners in the automotive technology industry came together to make this happen,” Jenkins said. “We’re very proud to receive such support.”

            NATEF Chair Donald Seyfer stated that the cooperation exhibited between the college and industry leaders gives added assurance that Hill College’s graduates will be employable entry-level technicians.

            In addition to this accreditation, Hill College is a member of the National Centers for Certification (NC3), a network of education providers and corporations that supports, advances and validates new and emerging technology skills in the transportation, aviation and energy industry sectors. Hill College’s automotive technology program is in partnership with Snap-On, one of the founding members of NC3.

            Since 2010, Hill College’s automotive technology program has served as a Snap-on Training and Certification Center of Excellence for students, other schools in the region and the technician service industry. Instructor Branden Brown recently conducted a train-the-trainer wheel service class for NC3 in Arizona in January.