IVC recieves national accreditation for auto program
(August 22, 2012, IMPERIAL) – The Automobile Technician training program at Imperial Valley College has received certification under the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
NATEF is an independent, non-profit organization that evaluates technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry and qualifies programs for accreditation by ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.
“This is a significant accomplishment for our local program,” said Dean of Economic Development and Workforce Training Efrain Silva. “I want to complement our auto technology program director Jose Lopez and the auto technology faculty for doing an excellent job in acquiring this accreditation.”
Silva said NATEF examined the structure and resources of the IVC program against nationally accepted standards of quality and all eight programs achieved a Master Accreditation, the highest level of achievement recognized by NATEF.
Training programs receiving the accreditation include Automatic Transmission and Transaxle, Brakes, Electrical/Electronic Systems, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Heating and Air Conditioning, Manual Drive Train and Axles and Suspension and Steering.
“Although many educational institutions strive for it, only a small percentage achieves this accreditation. Both the educational and automotive communities should be proud of your commitment to quality Automobile Training programs,” said Patricia Serratore, NATEF President in her letter informing IVC of the designation.
The primary mission of NATEF is to improve the quality of automotive technician training programs nationwide through voluntary accreditation. NATEF is responsible for the program evaluation process, and approves programs for NATEF accreditation based on the results of an on-site evaluation.
ASE, the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, is a non-profit organization established in 1972 by the automotive industry to improve the quality of vehicle repair and service through the voluntary testing and certification of automotive repair technicians.
The State Departments of Education in all 50 states support NATEF accreditation of automotive programs.
Additional information on the NATEF certification can be found at www.natef.org.