Lamar CISD Automotive Program receives national reaccreditation

Auto Technology Advisory Board member Albert Davis, owner of Davis Bros. Auto Parts, with Lamar CISD Auto Instructor Allen “Deon” Wilson.

The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) have issued reaccreditation to the Lamar Consolidated ISD automotive training program.

LCISD’s automotive program, and its lab located at Lamar Consolidated High School, has been recertified for the next five years in the following areas: brakes, electrical, engine performance, and suspension and steering.

To achieve this coveted recognition, the school’s automotive training program undergoes a rigorous evaluation every five years. The District met nationally-accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities and equipment.

“This is great news for automotive-minded young people and their parents,” said Donald Seyfer, national chairman of the Foundation. “Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that Lamar Consolidated Independent School District’s graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by LCISD, the public will benefit, since better repair technicians will join the work force.”

Upon completion of the reaccreditation, NATEF recommended that Lamar Consolidated High School be accredited for another five years by The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). 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 continue to be a part of the ranks of the ASE accredited training programs,” said Deon Wilson, Auto Tech instructor at Lamar Consolidated High School.

“With these accreditations, students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants,” said Tracie Holub, Career and Technical Education Director.

Lamar CISD Auto Technology Advisory Committee members who participated in the renewal process were Albert Davis, Davis Bros. Automotive; Val Martinez, City of Rosenberg; Kevin Dillard, Dillard’s Mechanical Specialists; and Troy Schroeder.

Klint Dillard, Dillard’s Mechanical Specialists; Brent Koenig and Shawn Miller of Gillman Auto Group were members of the on-site evaluation team.

The ASE Industry Education Alliance provides automotive service industry’s leadership in Career & Technology Education (CTE).
It brings the essential elements for developing a career-ready workforce – schools, students, instructors and trainers – together in a new framework, which provides the clarity, consistency and credentials that industry seeks in determining why and how to support the development of tomorrow’s technicians.

Within the Industry Education Alliance, National Automotive Technology Education Foundation (NATEF) facilitates the development and maintenance of program standards for automotive technology education. Developed by subject matter experts from industry and education, these standards address curriculum, tools and equipment, instructor qualification, and administration. The process ensures a level of consistency nationally, while providing some flexibility for schools to meet local employment needs.

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