October 11, 2006
Cowley’s automotive program in Mulvane receives NATEF certification
Cowley College’s automotive technology program, located at the Mulvane (Industrial Technology) Center, recently received certification from the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) in all eight areas.
Cowley’s automotive technology program at the Arkansas City campus received NATEF and ASE certification in all eight areas in May.
“We are very pleased to have both sites at Cowley be NATEF certified,” lead automotive instructor at the Mulvane Center Tim Walton said. “This puts us a step ahead of our competition in the area.”
The areas the program received certification in are, engine performance, engine repair, brakes, suspension and steering, electrical and electronics, heating and air conditioning, manual transmissions, and automatic transmissions.
To achieve this coveted recognition the school’s automotive technology program underwent rigorous evaluation by the NATEF. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment were used.
“The NATEF certification gives our program validation of the quality and excellence of our classroom and lab teaching and learning,” Cowley Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Sheree Utash said. “It also gives our students great value and added benefit as they go into the world of work.”
Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that Cowley College 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.
“The students that go through the program with us will be certified in all eight areas with NATEF,” Walton said.
As a result of the quality education provided by Cowley College, the motoring public will benefit due to better repair technicians joining the work force.
NATEF was founded to develop, encourage, and improve automotive technician education. NATEF examines the structure and resources of training programs and evaluates them against nationally accepted standards of quality. NATEF’s precise national standards reflect the skills that students must master. ASE certification through NATEF evaluation ensures that certified training programs meet or exceed industry-recognized, uniform standards of excellence.
Pictured, from left, Cowley automotive instructor Brian Haden, and Mulvane Center lead automotive instructor Tim Walton.