August 24, 2016, (Hays Kansas)-  Sandy Gottschalk, Hays Campus Dean is proud to announce that the automotive training program at NCK Tech in Hays has received accreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). NCK Tech’s automotive program has been accredited in the following areas: Master Automotive Service Technician (MAST)

To achieve this coveted recognition, the college’s automotive training program underwent rigorous evaluation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment were used.

“This is great news for automotive-minded young people and their parents,” said Donald Seyfer, former NATEF Chair. “Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that NCK Tech’s graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by NCK Tech, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the work force.” Upon completion of the evaluation, NCK Tech became accredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).   NATEF is a non-profit, independent organization that evaluates and accredits entry-level technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry.

Mark Rathbun who is the Chair of the Automotive Technology Program says “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 NATEF accredited training programs. Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants.”

NCK Tech provides a Hands-On, High Tech education and is dedicated to being a leader in workforce development by maximizing value for students, employers and communities through educational excellence.  The college’s mission is to deliver applied, innovative and personalized education to empower learners, enrich lives, develop skilled professionals and strengthen economic systems.