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OTC Automotive Program Receives National Recertification

Okefenokee Technical College president (right), Dr. Gail Thaxton, proudly announced that the OTC automotive technology program, directed by Mr. Larry Carr, has received recertification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).

According to OTC Academic Dean Larry Godair, the auto tech program is recertified in all eight ASE review areas: (1) automatic transmission & transaxle, (2) brakes, (3) electrical/electronic systems, (4) engine repair, (5) engine performance, (6) heating and air conditioning, (7) manual drive train & axles, and (8) suspension and steering. Photo 1

To achieve this coveted recognition, the college’s automotive training program underwent rigorous evaluation by the NATEF. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment were used. The primary goal of certification is program improvement. The evaluation process involves two major steps: an extensive self-evaluation followed by an on-site evaluation. Programs must recertify every five years. The OTC automotive technology program has maintained its ASE certification for over 20 years.

Thaxton and Godair credit Carr for this notable accomplishment, citing his technical expertise and commitment to quality. “His diligent work to maintain excellent program records facilitated a successful NATEF audit,” stated Godair. 

“This is great news,” stated Donald Seyfer, NATEF Chair. “Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that Okefenokee Tech’s graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by OTC, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the workforce.” Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that Okefenokee Technical College be certified 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 certifying automotive training programs.

“During the past few months,” stated Carr, “we have worked closely with NATEF to make certain that the auto tech program would continue to meet strict industry standards. Students can be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants.”

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OTC President Gail Thaxton (right) thanked Larry Carr (left), the college’s automotive technology instructor, for his leadership and work resulting in NATEF and ASE recertification of the OTC automotive technology program.

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