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Transportation Dean Chosen as Industry Trustee

Colin W. WilliamsonThe dean of Pennsylvania College of Technology’s School of Transportation Technology has been elected to a five-year term on the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation Board of Trustees.

Colin W. Williamson joins a 15-member board that includes educators, manufacturers, automotive shop owners, automobile dealers, state and local administrators, and working technicians. His term is renewable for another five years.

“It is a privilege to be part of such an important and influential association as NATEF is to the automotive industry,” Williamson said. “Vehicle technology is advancing at a tremendous rate, new propulsion systems and fuel sources will require schools and colleges to quickly adapt, and NATEF will need to provide the guidance and direction in shaping automotive programs across the country in order for graduates to succeed. To be part of that challenge is truly an honor.”

NATEF is an independent, nonprofit organization that evaluates the structure and resources of technician-training programs using nationally accepted standards developed by the automotive industry. Qualified programs such as Penn College’s automotive technology and collision repair majors are recommended for certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence.

Since NATEF was established in 1982 to administer the ASE evaluation process, more than 2,200 automobile, collision repair and refinish, medium/heavy truck, light/medium duty compressed natural gas and liquefied petroleum gas programs are certified in secondary and postsecondary institutions across the United States.

Among Williamson’s first duties will be attendance at a joint NATEF/ASE conference in Charleston, W.Va.

Additional information about NATEF can be found online .

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