ASE recognizes ECTC auto and diesel programs for excellence | ECTC

ASE recognizes ECTC auto and diesel programs for excellence

Published on Sep 16, 2021

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s (ECTC) Automotive and Diesel Technology programs were recently reapproved by the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) Education Foundation for program accreditation. The foundation said the college’s effort to meet strict industry standards shows high commitment to quality.  

Since the early 1980s, these programs have maintained ASE accreditation, a task that Automotive and Diesel Technology Programs Coordinator Jerry Clemons said has been a worthy challenge as technology and standards continue to evolve.  

“Our certification by ASE over the years has given us a guide on how to build a quality program,” said Clemons. “The technology is constantly changing and getting more advanced each year, so we have to continuously update what we teach as well as our professional development to match current standards.”

The process for obtaining ASE accreditation includes a self-evaluation, input from advisory board members and a portfolio with curriculum, credentials, professional development, ASE certifications of each instructor, tools, equipment, training aids and scan tools. An evaluation team leader from the ASE foundation, along with local industry professionals, then evaluate the program on campus. 

“Maintaining ASE certification is essential for our program to continue producing the quality technicians that our region’s transportation workforce expects,” said ECTC Dean of Workforce Solutions and Technical Programs Mike Hazzard. “By the end of their time at ECTC, these students are prepared for the ASE certification exams to become certified technicians and quality employees.”

This recent approval for continuing accreditation stands through the fall of 2026. 

“ECTC is the main source for producing technicians for the area auto dealerships, independent shops and government fleets,” said Clemons. “Our region needs workers with high-tech skills to drive the economy and keep the wheels turning on our cars and trucks. We’re proud to meet that need.”