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Mayo program receives recertification from NATEF

TODD NEWSOME of Pikeville graduated in May from Mayo Technical College’s automotive technology program. (click for larger version)
PAINTSVILLE — Chief administrative officer Bobby McCool has announced that the automotive training program at Mayo Technical College in Paintsville and Pikeville recently received recertification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

“During the past several years, we have worked closely with NATEF to make certain that our program would meet industry standards,” McCool said. “We are delighted to continue in the ranks of ASE certified technician training programs. Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants.”

In order to achieve the recognition, the training program underwent rigorous evaluation by NATEF. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment were used. Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that Mayo Technical College be certified by ASE, a national, non-profit organization which tests and certifies repair technicians in addition to certifying technician training programs.

Certification has been awarded to Mayo Technical College’s automotive program in the following program areas: brakes, electrical/electronic systems, engine performance, suspension and steering, automatic transmission and transaxle, engine repair, heating and air conditioning, and manual drive train and axles.

NATEF Board of Trustees Chair Al Duebber said the certification “is great news for automotive-minded young people and their parents in the Big Sandy area.”

“Certification of automotive training programs increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders,” he said. “It also gives added assurance that Mayo Technical College graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result, the motoring public will benefit since more qualified repair technicians will join the work force.”

JIMMY JOHNSON of Paintsville graduated in May from Mayo Technical College’s automotive technology program. (click for larger version)
The program is now recertified for five years, after which it will be reviewed to ensure that it continues to meet industry standards and to adjust to the latest technological advances in the rapidly changing automotive world.

For more information about the automotive program at Mayo Technical College, contact associate professor Joe Stewardson at 606-218-2060, ext. 2126, or associate professor Roger Owens at 606-789-5321, ext. 4266.

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