OCTC Automotive & Diesel programs re-accredited; moving toward work-and-learn model fall

April 4, 2024 | 12:07 am

Updated April 3, 2024 | 11:42 pm

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Owensboro Community & Technical College’s Automotive Technology and Diesel Technology programs have been granted re-accreditation by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation.

For classes that begin in August 2024, the program is piloting a work-and-learn model, with students attending classes for only 2 days a week, with a goal of allowing students more opportunities to work while attending school. Students can focus on vehicle electronics and hybrid/EV technologies and build a full course schedule coming to campus only 2 days a week.

ASE is the industry standard across the nation. Programs are accredited through a five-step process engineered to evaluate the program’s structure, processes, resources, materials, and mission. The accreditation process is valuable as it is a third-party assurance that institutions are preparing students for today’s careers, and employers can be confident that graduates from ASE programs are well prepared for the field and arms students with the confidence to succeed.

“We always believed our programs were top-notch but going through this process makes sure we hold ourselves and our students to a higher standard of excellence and gives students an advantage when they are ready to enter the workforce,” said Billie Harris, OCTC’s program coordinator for the Automotive and Diesel programs.

To complete the process programs must formally review program standards, complete a program evaluation with the assistance of advisory committee members, undergo an ASE Foundation review of the program evaluation, and participate in an on-site evaluation. After industry requirements are met, the program is awarded ASE Accreditation for 5 years from the date of accreditation/renewal of accreditation.

“ASE is the gold standard for the automotive industry,” said OCTC President Dr. Scott Williams. “To have this certification adds value for our students and ensures that our program stays in tune with the changes happening in the field.”

OCTC Automotive and Diesel programs are accredited through 2029.

For more information about the program or to schedule a tour, email [email protected].

April 4, 2024 | 12:07 am

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