State Fair Community College’s Automotive Technology program has received Master Automobile Service Technician re-accreditation through the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation.

This certifies that SFCC’s lead instructors are professionals and can provide advanced level instruction that prepares students to take ASE Certification tests.

Students who graduate from SFCC with an Associate of Applied Science or Professional Certificate in Automotive Technology will have completed one of the two years required of on-the-job experience to be eligible to take the ASE certification tests in the college’s Testing Center in Sedalia. Graduates from programs where instructors are ASE certified ensure they possess entry level skills for the automotive industry, which give employers confidence in their employees and satisfy consumers’ needs.

SFCC’s Automotive Technology ASE accreditation has been conducted every five years since about 2000. This is the first year for Matthew Clark, Automotive Technology program coordinator and lead instructor, and Matthew Karbinas, automotive lead instructor, to be involved in the process. To maintain accreditation, instructors must participate every year in 20 hours of automotive training by an ASE recommended trainer in addition to ongoing gathering, evaluating and maintaining program data.

“We’re proud that Matthew and I have maintained our program’s ASE accreditation,” said Clark. “ASE keeps setting the bar higher, but we know this keeps our program strong and results in graduates who are skilled and prepared to earn their ASE certificates and go to work.”

The ASE Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that evaluates and accredits entry-level automotive technology education programs against standards developed by the automotive service industry. It develops career-readiness education for students that fuses together local partnerships, rigorous standard-based education, workplace experience, and mentorship. For more information, visit aseeducationfoundation.org.

To learn more about SFCC’s Automotive Technology program, visit www.sfccmo.edu/automotive.

In the photo:
State Fair Community College recently received Master Automobile Technician re-accreditation from Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation. From left, Michael Rogg, Technical Education and Workforce Innovation dean, Automotive Program instructors Matthew Karbinas and Matthew Clark, Dr. Brent Bates, Educational and Student Support Services vice president.