The Oakland County Community College automobile servicing program received national accreditation from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation. The program had to meet a five-step accreditation process.

The Oakland County Community College automobile servicing program received national accreditation from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation. The program had to meet a five-step accreditation process.

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OCC Auto Service program receives national accreditation

By: Zachary Manning | C&G Newspapers | Published April 6, 2021

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OAKLAND COUNTY — The Oakland Community College automobile service program has achieved national accreditation by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence Education Foundation.

According to its website, the ASE Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that evaluates and accredits entry-level automotive technology education programs against standards developed by the automotive service industry. It also develops career-readiness education for students that fuses local partnership; rigorous, standard-based education; workplace education; and mentorship.

The accreditation is good for a five-year period, with a compliance review required at the halfway point to ensure that standards are being upheld.

“We are just so pleased,” OCC Dean of Engineering, Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Jolene Chapman said. “We were told to not expect to get the accreditation on the first try, because it’s pretty tough to get. We were confident in the program. It’s a very strong program. We feel very fortunate to have achieved accreditation on the first pass.”

Though the achievement is great, the process was anything but easy. It took about a year for program leaders to gather the materials required. Then, COVID-19 hit and delayed things further.

Though OCC had all the materials submitted, the ASE Education Foundation halted in-person evaluations during the initial portion of the pandemic. Eventually, Ken Kramer, an ASE evaluation team leader, spent two days going through the OCC automobile servicing facility.

In order to achieve the accreditation, OCC’s automobile servicing program had to pass a five-step ASE accreditation process. Program Director Claude Townsend noted that the evaluation process touches on 12 categories and 67 subcategories.

“We look at the type of equipment used to give students a hands-on training experience, shop safety, and observe the faculty teaching students to ensure the program and curriculum is tailored to the students’ needs and prepares them for a good-paying job in the auto servicing industry,” said Kramer in a press release. “Our on-site evaluation confirmed that OCC has a top-notch facility, impressive faculty and a program that meets and exceeds all the criteria the ASE Education Foundation requires for accreditation.”

The accreditation not only validates the program, but it also shows prospective students that entering this program will provide them with top-notch education, instruction and facilities, according to OCC.

With ASE being nationally recognized by employers, graduating with a degree from an accredited program will help when it’s time to find a job.

According to the OCC website, students gain hands-on experience and have the ability to earn third-party credentials through a partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers and Mopar/Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.

For further information about OCC’s automotive servicing program, visit https://www.oaklandcc.edu/programs/aus. For more information regarding the ASE Educational Foundation, visit https://aseeducationfoundation.org.

“What it does is, it reassures them that they’re getting a good, quality education,” Townsend said.

“It’s a validation, because it’s a third party coming in and looking at what we’re doing as far as the curriculum, the facilities, the training aids, the instructors, everything. They’re saying, ‘Hey, this organization met the accreditation standards.’ With that, when a student goes somewhere to get a job or they transfer schools or something like that, people will know the national accrediting body and what they stand for and what the standards are. They’re going to be fully confident in the student that they’re top notch.”

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