Automotive technology

MWCC Automotive Technology Program Receives Accreditation

GARDNER – Mount Wachusett Community College’s automotive technology program has been recognized by the National Institute for Automotive Excellence as meeting the strict industry standards required for ASE program accreditation, according to a statement released by the school.

“We congratulate you and your staff for maintaining the standards of your program and continuing to meet the demands of the industry,” ASE President Michael Coley said in a letter to the President of MWCC, James Vander Hooven. “The explosion in automotive technology makes your high-quality automotive training program more valuable than ever. “

Established in 1979 by Professor Peter L. Kaufmann, the automotive program was initially started in small quarters in the college’s facilities department. In 2019, construction of a state-of-the-art facility began on Linus Allain Avenue.

The new facility accommodated students at the height of the pandemic. Over 90 percent of MWCC’s automotive technology students returned to school in the fall of 2020, a rate comparable to the school’s popular nursing program.

“The success of this program can be attributed to a number of factors, our newest automotive technology facility is one,” said Veronica Guay, Dean of the School of Business and Technology. “Most importantly, the mentorship and leadership of our Automotive Technology Program Director and Professor Eric Almeida is critical to the success of the program.