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NATEF Certification
20 May 2013

TAKING INVENTORY: From left, John Wollschlager of Bobcat, Cornel Chmielewski of Ryan Dodge, UTTC Auto Tech Director Dale Pletan, and Maynard Roll of Kupper Chevrolet.

BISMARCK (UTN) - After undergoing a comprehensive on-site evaluation, the United Tribes Automotive Technology program has regained certification by the National Automotive Technicians Educational Foundation (NATEF).

      In an April 12 letter to the college, NATEF President Patricia Serratore said the program meets the standards for "Master Accreditation," the highest level of achievement recognized by the national accrediting organization. The certification is good for a maximum of five years.

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      A four-member team of experienced automotive professionals from the area went through the department with a "fine-tooth" comb during a two-and-one-half-day visit in March. They attended class sessions, took a thorough inventory of equipment and tools, and reviewed the educational objectives, plans, and outcomes of the program.

HIGH AUTO IQ: Dave Shepherd and Nicole Ducheneaux (Cheyenne River), who graduated in May, placed sixth and eighth respectively in the Automotive Service Technology division of the North Dakota Skills USA Competition. An abbreviated version of the annual competition was held April 27 at the BSC Technology Center. A spring storm had caused the original event in Wahpeton to be postponed.

      Instructors Dale Pletan and Scott Graeber planned well and worked very hard to return the program to an officially certified status. You may recall that the program lost NATEF certification when the programís former director, Marcel Gierszewski, passed away in 2009.




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