The automotive training program at Columbia College has received accreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. Columbia College’s automotive program has been accredited in the area of “automotive service technician.”
To achieve this recognition, the school’s automotive training program underwent rigorous evaluation by NATEF. The school met national standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment.
“This is great news for automotive-minded young people and their parents,” said Donald Seyfer, former NATEF chairman. “Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that Columbia College’s graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by Columbia College, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the workforce.”
NATEF recommended that Columbia College be reaccredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. ASE is a national nonprofit organization that tests and certifies repair technicians, in addition to accrediting automotive training programs.
“During the past year, we have worked closely with NATEF to make certain that our program would meet strict industry standards, and now we are enjoying another five years of being an ASE accredited training program,” said automotive program Professor Erik Andal. “Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants.”
Modesto Junior College also has an automotive technology program, but school officials said it does not have the NATEF or ASE accreditation.