East Providence CTC auto program receives national accreditation

EPCTC principal Karen Mellen talks with a recent class of automotive students. The CTC's auto program recently received national accreditation. EPCTC principal Karen Mellen talks with a recent class of automotive students. The CTC's auto program recently received national accreditation.

EPCTC principal Karen Mellen talks with a recent class of automotive students. The CTC's auto program recently received national accreditation.

EPCTC principal Karen Mellen talks with a recent class of automotive students. The CTC’s auto program recently received national accreditation.

EAST PROVIDENCE — The automotive technology program at the East Providence Area Career and Technical Center has received accreditation by NATEF and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The East Providence Area Career and Technical Center’s automotive program has been accredited in the following area: Automotive Maintenance and Light Repair (MLR).

EPCTC Auto Instructor Joseph Barroso said, “During the past few months, we have worked closely with NATEF to make certain that our program would meet strict industry standards, and now we are delighted to join the ranks of the ASE accredited training programs. Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants.”

To achieve this coveted recognition, the school’s automotive technology program underwent rigorous evaluation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). The evaluation process included a review of nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment used.

“This is great news for automotive-minded young people and their parents,” said Donald Seyfer, NATEF Chair. “Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that the East Providence Area Career and Technical Center’s graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by the East Providence Area Career and Technical Center, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the work force.”

Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that the East Providence Area Career and Technical Center be accredited 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 accrediting automotive training programs.

“This accreditation is awarded to the Automotive Technology program for meeting national standards,” Mr. Barroso added. “It means that we (automotive technology program) are instructing students using a nationally recognized curriculum, the facility and equipment meet standards set forth by NATEF and the instructor meets national accreditation standards. This accreditation is an assurance that students graduating the program are employable entry level technicians with the opportunity of acquiring recognized credentials and/or prepared for post secondary education in the automotive field with the opportunity of receiving articulated college and technical school credits.

The East Providence Career and Technical Center Automotive Technology Program would like to thank the program’s advisory committee, ETL Dave Haskins, Bill Chili, William Murphy, Bob Cramer from Sullivan Tire, Al Marino from Sullivan Tire, Chris Oxner from Sullivan Tire, Administration, Guidance Councilors, Staff including Marilyn Hassell and Russell Sacket and the students in the Automotive Technology program for the hard work and dedication.

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