WELLESLEY HILLS (April 17, 2015) — The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) awarded Massachusetts Bay Community College’s automotive technology program with the Master Automotive Service Technology Accreditation, the highest level of achievement recognized by the foundation.
The continued accreditation means MassBay’s automotive program — including its curriculum, tools and equipment, and instructors — currently meet or exceed industry standards, and ensures continued partnerships with its four major automotive partners: Chrysler/Jeep, BMW, General Motors, and Toyota/Lexus.
As part of the ongoing accreditation process, the NATEF advisory board visits MassBay’s automotive technology center in Ashland twice a year to ensure the program meets current standards in technology, curriculum, and equipment.
In its Ashland-based Automotive Technology Center, MassBay has been providing students with industry-specific, hands-on technician training with major automotive brands. Through cooperative arrangements with regional dealers, students also participate in paid internships for up to 12 weeks at a time and can earn up to $16,000 — while earning their associates degree. Upon graduation, more than 98% of students gain full-time employment with respected dealers in the automotive field.
MassBay Community College is a comprehensive, open-access college dedicated to student learning and achievement through academically rigorous courses and programs. MassBay awards associate degrees and certificates in more than 70 academic programs in the liberal arts and in career-driven fields, such as business, health sciences, and automotive technology. On the college’s three campuses in Wellesley Hills, Framingham, and Ashland, as well as online, MassBay offers day, evening, and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career-minded life-long learners.
The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) seeks to improve the quality of automotive technician training programs nationwide at secondary and post-secondary, public and proprietary schools. To accomplish this mission, NATEF examines the structure, resources and quality of training programs and evaluates them against standards established by the industry. These standards reflect the skills that students must master to be successful in the industry.
More information about MassBay and the upcoming academic semesters can be found at www.massbay.edu, or by calling (781) 239-2411.