Dakota County Technical College Automotive Program Receives National Recognition

NATEF and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) have recertified the automotive training program at Dakota County Technical College.

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.

“We work closely with NATEF to make certain that our program meets the strict industry standards,” said Mike Opp, dean of transportation.

Once the evaluation was completed, NATEF recommended that ASE recertify DCTC.

“We are pleased to be ASE certified again. It assures students of a quality education, and shop owners of the quality of their job applicants,” said Opp.

The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence is a non-profit organization which tests and certifies repair technicians, in addition to certifying automotive training programs.

“ASE certification is an important example of how education and industry need to work together in order to make graduates more employable. By establishing such a relationship, DCTC’s automotive program puts out skilled technicians that are ready to work and can better serve motorists,” said Dr. Ronald E. Thomas, president of Dakota County Technical College.