Sandy Gottschalk, Hays campus dean of North Central Kansas Technical College, announced the automotive training program at the school in Hays has received accreditation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. NCK Tech’s automotive program has been accredited in the following areas: master automotive service technician.

To achieve the recognition, the college’s automotive training program underwent rigorous evaluation by the NATEF. 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, former 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, NCK Tech became accredited by the NATEF, a non-profit independent organization that evaluates and accredits entry-level technician training programs against standards developed by the automotive industry.

“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 NATEF accredited training programs,” said Mark Rathbun, chairman of the automotive technology program at the school. “Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants.”

NCK Tech provides a hands-on, high tech education and is dedicated to being a leader in workforce development by maximizing value for students, employers and communities through educational excellence. The college’s mission is to deliver applied, innovative and personalized education to empower learners, enrich lives, develop skilled professionals and strengthen economic systems.