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High school automotive instructors attend auto institute at State Tech

Twenty-four automotive technology instructors from across Missouri attended the 2011 Automotive Technology Summer Institute hosted by State Technical College of Missouri on July 12-14.

The three day institute was an opportunity for secondary and post secondary instructors to learn about new products and industry trends concerning the automotive field.  This year’s institute included presentations on direct injection carbon issues, electric vehicle technology, Ford PowerStroke updates, new product and technology updates for Chrysler, and Federal Mogul undercar-evolving technology as well as brake and suspension updates.

(Photo:  Ron Leplant, The Electric Car Company, shares information about electric cars with high school automotive instructors during the STC Automotive Technology Summer Institute.)

This is the 19th year that State Tech has hosted the institute.  Jim Brandon, chair of Automotive Technology, organized the institute with the help of other State Tech employees.  All participants received a certificate of completion from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

According to Brandon, hosting the summer institute provides the Automotive Technology program at State Tech the opportunity to establish and build relationships with high school automotive instructors around the state of Missouri.   “The instructors are informed about what kinds of technology we are teaching, which helps them prepare their students for a post secondary education here at State Tech.”

The Automotive Technology Summer Institute is recognized by The National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) and the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) as training to fulfill the required 20 hours of technical update training instructors need each year to teach in a NATEF/ASE certified program.

With more than 35 programs, State Technical College of Missouri is Missouri’s only public two-year technical college with a statewide mission.   STC has campuses in Linn, Mexico and Jefferson City.  STC prepares students for profitable employment and a life of learning.    

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