CANTON – SUNY Canton’s automotive technology program has received the highest level of national certification following an extensive review and analysis.
The program received certification by National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). It gives the already-renowned program instant credibility nationwide and will assist graduates in their career pursuits anywhere in the nation.
To achieve this coveted recognition, the school’s automotive technology program underwent rigorous evaluation and met or exceeded nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas including instruction, facilities, and equipment.
Brandon Baldwin, director of the automotive technology program noted that it had become necessary to add the ASE standards to continue the level of excellence established in the program.
“Many of our corporate contacts look for the ASE standard when they look to sponsor a program,” Baldwin said. “This will mean that our students have the latest vehicles and equipment to hone their skills and complete their education.”
Baldwin and other SUNY Canton faculty members within the Canino School of Engineering Technology worked side-by-side with the NATEF evaluators to ensure that the college met the stringent guidelines for the certification.
Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that SUNY Canton be certified 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 certifying automotive training programs.
“This program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders and gives even more assurance that SUNY Canton’s graduates are ready to step into a career,” said Donald Seyfer, NATEF Chair.
SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.
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