Monday, 03 November 2014 00:00

SFSC’s Auto Collision Program Receives Accreditation

South Florida State College’s Automotive Collision, Repair and Refinishing program recently received national accreditation in the areas of painting, refinishing and estimating by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

NATEF said the accreditation signifies that a program meets the highest standards and speaks to the quality of the program’s faculty, curriculum and overall operations. One of their goals is to offer local employers the availability of highly trained entry-level technicians, whose education has been aligned with industry standards.

“Accreditation by outside organizations like NATEF gives our students confidence that SFSC is well prepared to give them the skills required in the workplace,” said Tom Bush, Chair of SFSC technical and industrial education. “It also validates the good work our staff has been doing and continues to do.”

To achieve this recognition, SFSC’s program underwent evaluation by NATEF utilizing nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment.

This process included an extensive self-evaluation, which was performed and approved by the program’s advisory board after intense review. It was then sent to NATEF, which reviewed and proceeded with an on-site evaluation by a NATEF team. Following the successful evaluation, the program received its accreditation for a five-year period and will require a mid-point review in two and half years.“This accreditation is an incredibly significant facet of the student’s education and training,” said Daniel Longnecker, professor of auto collision repair and refinishing. “Students have the opportunity to learn with the newest equipment and an instructor that meets all of NATEF Standards. Without accreditation, you will find yourself with a certificate employers do not respect.”

SFSC’s Auto Collision, Repair and Refinishing program said it prepares students to transition into the workforce. Students use hands-on learning techniques in up-to-date lab environments.

For more information, contact Longenecker at 784-7125 or Daniel.Longenecker@southflorida.edu.

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