ACC’s Automotive Technology Program Ranked in the Top 20

(February 7, 2011 – Littleton, Colorado) - Arapahoe Community College’s (ACC) Automotive Technology program was recently selected as one of the top 20 schools in automotive technology by Tomorrow’s Technician magazine. This is the fourth consecutive year ACC’s program has been recognized in the magazine’s annual automotive school of the year competition. Last year, ACC was selected as the number one school for the southwest region.

“ACC prides itself on offering a unique automotive training program. We are the training center for GM, Chrysler, Nissan, Honda, Hyundai, Kia and several aftermarket tool and equipment manufacturers. This allows our students to have access to, and to be trained on, the latest technology out on the market today,” said Jerry Viola, Director of Automotive Technology at ACC. “The students get to choose from our more than $1 million inventory of brand new vehicles and our $2 million inventory of component parts and specialty tools. But, the most important difference in our program is the requirement for all students to apprentice during their two-year training program. Without real world, students would be at a deficit to truly be successful and to survive the life of a journeyman line tech.”

Contest entries were received from 301 high schools, technical schools and colleges. ACC, along with the other top 20 schools, will now have the opportunity to compete for the title of 2011 School of the Year. The top 20 list will be narrowed down in April to the final four schools - one from each region of the country. Then, one school will be chosen as the 2011 School of the Year and featured on the cover of the May issue of Tomorrow’s Technician.

ACC’s Automotive Technology program has consistently been ranked among the top programs in the nation. Last year, Dr. Jill Biden, wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, toured the department. ACC also recently began offering an intensive training program in hybrid vehicle conversion and hybrid technology repair. Through a grant and partnerships with other educational institutions and businesses, ACC received seven hybrid vehicles for use in the training. It is one of the few training programs today to have such a wide variety of makes and models of hybrid vehicles for students to learn on.

ACC offers a two-year associate degree program that trains students for employment in the automotive industry as technicians and prepares students for the ASE certification examinations. In addition, the College offers two certificate programs - an automotive service management certificate for those interested in a job as an automotive service writer/consultant or future service manager and an electrical/electronics, engine performance certificate for students interested in a job as an advanced drivability specialist or those who would like to further their knowledge in advanced engine performance.

To see a complete list of the Top 20 schools selected by Tomorrow’s Technician go to www.tomorrowstechnician.com/. For more information on ACC’s Automotive Technology program visit www.arapahoe.edu/departments-and-programs/a-z-programs/automotive-techno... or call 303.797.5846.

For more information, contact Director of Marketing and Public Information Murry Unell at 303.797.5901 or murry.unell@arapahoe.edu.

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