The Automotive Technology class at the F. Donald Myers Education Center has been successfully accredited for another five years, thanks to the support of Gary Childs, owner of Childs Automotive, and Carmen Caraco, the shop foreman at New Country Ford, Mazda and Subaru.
The two business leaders worked with Myers instructor Greg VanDeusen to ensure that his classroom complied with industry standards set by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).
“What we do is look that the whole program,” said Mr. Caraco. “The tools, the equipment, the curriculum to see if they meet industry standards. I have to say that Mr. VanDeusen’s class is one of the best around. If one of his students walks in the door, I know that that student will have the basic skills to do the work.”
Both Childs and Caraco know how well-trained the Myers auto technician students are as both have accepted interns into their shops for the past 20 years. Working with John Major, who heads up the Work-Based Learning program at Myers, these industry leaders regularly, and happily, welcome Mr. VanDeusen’s students.
“Greg has a great entry level program,” said Bob Reepmeyer, the service manager at New Country. “We absolutely feel confident in the students he sends.”
The NAFEF accreditation also certifies that the auto program, part of the Career and Technical Education at Myers, aligns with New York State Learning Standards. NATEF, a non-profit organization, certifies programs in all 50 states.
Mr. VanDeusen is pleased that his program once again gained the stamp of approval.
“It’s about the kids,” said Mr. VanDeusen. “So it’s important to provide them with a quality program so that they can succeed in the industry.”