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Automotive Program Earns NATEF Reaccreditation

Catawba Valley Community College’s Automotive Systems Technology Program has been reaccredited by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) through 2016.

The program was first accredited by NATEF in 2006. To achieve reaccreditation, the Automotive Systems Technology Program underwent a rigorous two-prong evaluation process. An extensive self evaluation was conducted followed by a comprehensive one day onsite visit by a three member NATEF evaluation team.

CVCC’s Automotive Systems Technology Program was rated on 10 standards: Purpose, Administration, Learning Resources, Finances, Student Services, Instruction, Equipment, Facilities, Instructional Staff and Cooperative Work Agreements. The program was evaluated according to strict standards set by the automotive industry. All areas of instruction were evaluated, including the skill level of instructors, as well as tools and equipment.  

“NATEF certification is a genuine mark of academic excellence, a standard to which all our academic programs aspire,” said John Enamait, dean of CVCC’s School of Business Industry & Technology.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for this level of instruction,” said Randy Caudill, head of CVCC’s Industrial Technologies Department and Automotive Systems Technology program director. “This accreditation recognizes our ability to produce competent technicians and employable graduates. We are committed to education, not just technical training.”  

Pictured above (from left) are Shawn Mull, lead instructor for the Automotive Systems Technology Program; Randy Caudill, head of the Industrial Technologies department; and John Enamait, dean of CVCC’s School of Business Industry & Technology.

For more information about degrees, diplomas and certificates that can be earned through CVCC’s Automotive Systems Technology program, contact Randy Caudill at 828-327-7000, ext. 4561, or

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