On left and right, CTE students Ben Bullock and Aidan Sullivan, observe while Ron Hofman, Glen Oaks instructor, demonstrates the use of a digital volt/ohm meter.

Glen Oaks automotive program receives national accreditation

The automotive training program at Glen Oaks Community College has received accreditation
by NATEF and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The Glen Oaks Automotive
program has been accredited in the following areas: Maintenance and Light Repair.

To achieve this coveted recognition, the school’s automotive training program underwent rigorous evaluation
by NATEF. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment
were used.

“I’m very excited and honored to receive this award,” said Ron Hofman, GOCC automotive instructor. “The
college has been very supportive as we worked through the accreditation process. Also, a special thanks to
Ginny Kowalski, CTE consortium supervisor, as she was a huge help in guiding us through the accrediting
procedures.”

“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,” said Hofman. “Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of
getting quality job applicants.”

“St. Joseph County Career-Technical Education Auto Program is offered during the day at Glen Oaks
Community College,” said Kowalski. “We are very proud that our high school students will receive instruction
through the new NATEF accredited program. The goal of CTE is to expose the students to the many skills of
an auto technician and the new Maintenance and Light Repair program does just that.”

“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 graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education
provided by Glen Oaks, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the workforce.”
Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that Glen Oaks 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.

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