Central Georgia Technical College’s Automotive Technology program at the Milledgeville Campus recently received accreditation from the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).
CGTC's program recently went under a rigorous review and, based on the review, the program successfully received the NATEF accreditation.
"This is a great step in the development of our automotive program at Milledgeville," said Hank Griffeth, CGTC’s vice-president for satellite operations and coordinator of the college’s Milledgeville Campus. "Accreditation and certification will help us recruit more students, obtain scholarships and enhance other kinds of support, including monetary and with donations of newer kinds of vehicles."
Program chair James Wilkes, a Master ASE-certified mechanic, said the accreditation is very important for the students. "The biggest benefit to the students is that they are taught standards that are requested by the industry through NATEF. In other words, they are taught the skills the employers are looking for," Wilkes said. "As technology improves and advances in the service of automobiles, it’s important that our students be able to service, diagnose and repair the newest vehicles on the market. The new generation of hybrid and smart vehicles is a prime example of how training using the most current technology is crucial for our graduates to be competitive. Having certification will help provide those opportunities."
NATEF certification brings with it program credibility, prestige, recognition, and overall program improvement. The certification process benefits everyone: schools, students, future employers, and the automotive service industry.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment in the auto-repair industry is expected to grow 10 to 20 percent through 2012. Highly trained people who can repair and service today's high-tech automobiles have replaced the mechanics of decades past.
CGTC’s automotive technology program prepares students for careers in the automotive service and repair profession. The increasing sophistication of automotive technology requires working with computerized shop equipment and electronic components — while maintaining skills with traditional hand tools.
CGTC's automotive technology program enjoys strong support from local businesses, including Childre Chrysler Dodge and Milledgeville Toyota. Both businesses provided an employee for two days to participate in the review of CGTC's program with NATEF.
About Central Georgia Technical College
A comprehensive higher education institution, Central Georgia Technical College provides students more than 200 career program opportunities with numerous degree, diploma and certificate options, in addition to customized business and industry services, continuing education and adult education services. The College serves Baldwin, Bibb, Crawford, Jones, Monroe, Putnam and Twiggs Counties.
Students from CGTC's Automotive Technology program at the Milledgeville Campus join Wayne Chapman (left), a member of the NATEF program review team and Program Chair James Wilkes (right) in celebrating the program's NATEF certification.