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Date: June 5, 2006
Media Contact: Steve Simon, 301-251-7952; Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970

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Montgomery College Automotive Technology Program Earns "ASE" Approval
National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence Gives Program Certification

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Montgomery College's Automotive Technology program recently was awarded Master certification by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). The certification indicates that the curriculum, facilities and resources offered by the program meet the standards of excellence determined by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF).

Individuals must successfully complete two years work experience and an ASE written technician certification examination before they become a certified automotive technician. The newly conferred designation of Montgomery College’s program recognizes it as being capable of preparing students for both of these necessary components on the journey to individual certification.

“Many judge a book by its cover,” said Albert Ennulat, Montgomery College’s program director for Automotive Technology. “ASE-NATEF Master Certification is a cover that indicates what the program has done for the last 19 years; we do it, we do it all, we do it all exceptionally well.”

The College’s program was awarded Master certification in all eight areas assessed – engine repair, automatic transmission and transaxle, manual drive train and axles, suspension and steering, brakes, electrical and electronic systems, heating and air conditioning and engine performance.

According to ASE, many ASE-certified technicians report added responsibilities in the workplace, improved job opportunities and salary increases.

To gain certification, the Montgomery College program went through several steps, including self-evaluation, NATEF review and on-site evaluation.

For more information about the ASE certification or Montgomery College's Automotive Technology program, visit www.montgomerycollege.edu/Departments/giterv/auto/ or contact Albert Ennulat at 301-251-7683.

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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