NJC named 2007 national runner-up Automotive Training Program

Automotive Technology AwardsAuto tech instructors receive awards.
Northeastern Junior College’s automotive technology program was almost named the top program in the nation during a recent competition held. However, the small, but very progressive program, located in a rural area in Colorado, graciously accepted the national runner up title instead.
NJC’s automotive technology program was selected by the Automotive Industry Planning Council (AIPC) as National Runner-Up in the Post Secondary Non-Manufacturer Affiliated category for 2007.
The instructors and the school were honored in mid-December 2007 by AIPC during the Association for Career and Technical Education Convention held in Las Vegas, NV. The annual awards banquet spotlights state and national winners of the Automotive Awards of Excellence competition. Over $330,000 in prizes were provided to the winning schools by American Honda, National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), A Tech Training, Chrysler, North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT), and Automotive Service Association (ASA). Kent Wright, Coordinator of automotive technology and Layton Peterman, automotive technology professor, were both in Nevada to accept the national award. Among the items received at the awards banquet were a beautiful engraved trophy, ASA membership, Snap-On gift certificate for $1000.00, NACAT membership and the program will receive a 2008 Jeep Liberty valued at $26,395.00. Chrysler also donated approximately $14,000 worth of training items to the program, being deliver to Sterling from the Denver Training center.
“These awards acknowledge some of the very best automotive training programs in the country,” said Fred Hines, A Tech Training, Inc. President and AIPC Chair. “AIPC is proud to be able to recognize these programs and their instructors. They all share a commitment to excellence that makes them stand out.”  Northeastern Junior College has won the top state award the last 3 years allowing it to advance to the national selection committee.

Participating schools are judged on a variety of criteria, including the program’s ability to prepare graduates for the workplace, the opportunities students have for involvement in vocational student club activities, and the continuing education efforts of the faculty and staff.
For the 2007 AIPC competition, schools submitted applications which were screened and ranked by industry experts and representatives from some of the largest automobile manufacturers in the nation.  A series of awards were presented including an overall national winner and two runners up, as well as state winners, in three categories to include secondary, post secondary, non-manufacturers affiliated and post secondary—manufacturer affiliated. “We’re going to continue to work and improve our program,” said Kent Wright. “It is good to know that we are competitive and we are viewed by the rest of the nation to be among the very top programs out there. We will work to keep that reputation.”