Special to The Hays Daily News

The automotive training program at North Central Kansas Technical College in Beloit has received accreditation by NATEF and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. NCK Tech's automotive program has been accredited in Master Automobile Service Technology for secondary and post-secondary education. This designation includes eight areas:

* ASE A1 -- Engine Repair

* ASE A2 -- Automatic Transmission

* ASE A3 -- Manual Transmission/Transaxle

* ASE A4 -- Suspension & Steering

* ASE A5 -- Brakes

* ASE A6 -- Electrical/Electronics

* ASE A7 -- Heating & Air Conditioning

* ASE A8 -- Engine Performance

To achieve the recognition, the school's automotive training program underwent rigorous evaluation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment were used.

"This is great news for automotive-minded young people and their parents," said Donald Seyfer, NATEF chairman. "Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that NCK Tech's graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by NCK Tech, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the work force." Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended NCK Tech be accredited by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence. ASE is a national non-profit organization which tests and certifies repair technicians, in addition to accrediting automotive training programs.

"During the past few months, we have worked closely with NATEF to make certain that our program would meet strict industry standards, and now we are delighted to join the ranks of the ASE accredited training programs," said Bob Gibbens, automotive technology department chairman of the Beloit campus. "Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants."

For more information on the Automotive Technology program or other programs offerings at NCK Tech, visit www.ncktc.edu or call (800) 648-4655.