October 5, 2012

Vendors at the CATS meeting were demonstrating the latest technology to instructors and students during the fall conference.

Vendors at the CATS meeting were demonstrating the latest technology to instructors and students during the fall conference. Two NJC diesel students visit with a rep from the ConsuLab display out of Quebec, Canada. (Courtesy Photo)

The Colorado Automotive Teachers Society (CATS) held its fall conference in Sterling on Friday. More than 40 instructors and about 25 vendors and sponsors were at Northeastern Junior College’s north campus for the event.  CATS consists of members from schools in the Colorado region specializing in teaching students about the transportation industry in programs related to automotive, service management, collision and diesel. Northeastern’s automotive technology coordinator and lead instructor Layton Peterman is president of the Society this year and as such, hosted the fall conference here in Sterling.

The instructors received update training in related to actual systems and received classroom tips and techniques to help improve their teaching methods. Most of today’s training centered about cooling system service technique updates. The group will hold its state-wide meeting this afternoon on the main campus in Hays Student Center.