Northeastern’s Applied Technology Campus expansion will allow the college’s Automotive Technology program to move into a much larger space currently occupied by Diesel Technology. This in turn enables larger class sizes, more opportunities for hands-on learning experiences and greater student success.
Demand for auto service technicians and mechanics is projected to grow in demand due to both growth of population in Colorado as well as an expectedly high number of retirees over the next decade. Trends at state and national levels involving other mechanical or industrial service repair occupations similarly project shortages of skilled technicians. The majority of job opportunities in the state and region project to be among auto dealerships and independent repair shops along the more densely populated Front Range of Colorado.
Northeastern Automotive Technology students receive a rigorous, high-quality education in auto service and repair. The college boasts a completion rate of 70 percent compared to 55 percent among comparable automotive programs across the state. The program is the only ASE Education Master Level accredited program in Colorado. It’s noteworthy that this program has an 83 percent higher enrollment of economically disadvantaged students (66 percent vs. 36 percent) compared to other auto programs in Colorado.