IMPERIAL VALLEY - The fall semester got under way at Imperial Valley College on Monday, but it is the Automobile Technician Training Program at the school that is making news
After 5 long years, the training program at IVC is officially certified under the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, also known as NATEF.
The national non-profit organization evaluated the technician training program at the school and put it up against standards developed by the automotive industry.
The certification instills confidence in those that take automotive classes at IVC.
"It lets students know that we have a top-quality program", says Imperial Valley College Dean, Efrain Silva. "It assures them that what they're learning is what the industry needs".
NATEF also qualifies training programs, like the one at Imperial Valley College, for accreditation by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
According to NATEF, all eight of the training programs at IVC achieved a master accreditation, the highest level of achievement recognized.
Auto Tech Instructor, Ricardo Pradis says, "The accreditation means a lot to IVC as well as the automotive department and that means a lot, especially for the students because when they graduate from an accredited program, they have more chance to go out there and be employable".
The students aren't the only ones benefiting from the accreditation, car dealers and repair shops will be able to hire locally, something that the county is in dire need of.
The process of getting accredited involved everything from equipment to safety measures taken by the college.
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