January 28, 2013

Greeley firm awards teaching tool to college

Dan Ramsier (left) presents the new training device to Richard Moon (right) at NJC

Dan Ramsier (left) presents the new training device to Richard Moon (right) at NJC. The college won the $9,000 prize during a drawing held last fall during the Colorado Automotive Teachers Association state meeting which included teachers from all over the state. (Courtesy Photo)

Students in Northeastern Junior College’s automotive technology programs have a new training tool available this new year.  It’s an Atech Powertrain Systems Trainer with a GM Electronic Ignition System included.  Valued at nearly $9,000, this training unit was given away during a drawing that was held during the Colorado Automotive Teachers Association (CATA) conference held here in Sterling last fall. NJC’s secondary automotive technology teacher Richard Moon was the lucky winner.  The drawing was held by High Country Technology Consultants who was at the conference displaying their units to automotive technology teachers from all over the state. 

This new training device is used as an instructional aid in teaching one of the four certification areas for National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) task coverage. It is manufactured using original GM components, the kind that would be found in the model year vehicle it was developed for. These trainers are used by automotive instructors when they are teaching Advanced Engine Performance and Advanced Ignition Systems courses.  Prior to its arrival, NJC used live car diagnostics, but this sophisticated tool will enhance the curriculum in this area.

High Country Technology Consultants (HCTC), headquartered in Greeley, was founded in 2002 and  represents several manufacturers of training equipment used in community colleges, junior colleges, universities, private trade schools and secondary educational facilities. The company provides installation, on-site training, technical support and instructor workshops for the majority of the products it sells. “We serve on several CTE advisory committees in support of the various career and technical education programs in the states of Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Montana,” explains Dan Ramsier, LLP, upon making the presentation to NJC. 

High Country Technology Consultants, LLP is staffed by the founder, Dan Ramseier, LLP Partner/Founder, Andy Ramseier, LLP Partner/Technical Support and Training and Jana Ramseier, Sales Support/Office Manager. Dan started working in Educational Sales with Lab Technologies in 1990 and attended his first CATS meeting that year. This support of the CATS organization has continued for over 20 years and resulted in many friendships with the dedicated instructors in the Automotive Technology and Diesel Technology programs around the state. 

Richard Moon was excited to accept the trainer on behalf  of NJC and helped oversee getting it set up on the college’s north campus so it can be used by not only his secondary automotive technology students, but also by the collegiate-auto tech students and the diesel technology students who are taking classes in the automotive area as part of the auto-diesel master technician training.