News Release

Published on Tuesday, May 29, 2012

The automotive training program at Western Technical College in La Crosse has received accreditation by NATEF and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Western’s automotive program has been accredited in the following areas: Engine repair, automatic transmission/transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical/electronic systems, heating and air conditioning, and engine performance.

To achieve this coveted recognition, the school’s automotive training program underwent rigorous evaluation by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF). Nationally accepted standards of excellence in areas such as instruction, facilities, and equipment were used.

“This is great news for automotive-minded young people and their parents,” said Donald Seyfer, NATEF Chair. “Because this program increases cooperation between local education and industry leaders, it gives added assurance that Western’s graduates will be employable entry-level technicians. As a result of the quality education provided by Western Technical College, the motoring public will benefit since better repair technicians will join the work force.”

Upon completion of the evaluation, NATEF recommended that Western be accredited 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 accrediting automotive training programs.

Phil Solberg, head of Western’s Automotive Technician program added, “During the past few months, we have worked closely with NATEF to make certain that our program would meet strict industry standards, and now we are delighted to join the ranks of the ASE accredited training programs. Students will be assured of a quality education, and shop owners will be assured of getting quality job applicants. Instructors Bob Marconi, Brian Kanable, Chris Kolasa, and Doug Thesing put in many extra hours to make this happen.”