LBWCC's automotive program re-accredited
LBWCC’s automotive program nationally accredited
LBW Community College’s automotive mechanics training program in Opp was recently re-accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).
“LBW’s program is accredited in engine repair, automatic transmissions, manual transmissions, automotive heating and air conditioning, electrical systems, brakes, steering and suspension, and engine performance,” said Richard McCuistian, program faculty.
To achieve this coveted recognition, the program underwent rigorous evaluation by the NATEF using nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment.
“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 LBW’s graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by LBW, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the work force.”
Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that LBWCC be accredited by ASE, a national non-profit organization which tests and certifies repair technicians, in addition to accrediting automotive training programs.
McCuistian has more than 37 years experience in the field of automotive repair and holds 10 personal ASE certifications, as well as hybrid vehicle technician certification from the Automotive Career Development Center, a world-recognized agency located in Massachusetts.
“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,” he said.
“Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants.”
For more information on LBWCC’s automotive mechanics program, call 334-493-5343, or visit www.lbwcc.edu.