The North American Council of Automotive Teachers (NACAT) 2009 Conference was hosted by the Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) Automotive Department in Charlotte, NC from Sunday, July 19, 2009 through Friday, July 24, 2009. Congratulations to Mark Spisak and the automotive staff at CPCC who did a fantastic job of organizing and presenting the conference.
This week long conference is designed to provide automotive teachers across the country with updates on automotive technology, new training, diagnostic improvements, teaching and learning strategies, and other topics that will provide the knowledge, skills and abilities to interact with students to provide them the best automotive education available. With 273 attendees, conference participants had the opportunity to attend sessions titled from “How Do I Prepare My Students to be Successful” to “A Little Bit of Electrical A Little Bit of Electronics”.
Numerous NAFTC members are also active members of NACAT, including CPCC, who hosted this years’ conference at their CPCC Levine Campus Hendrick Center and the CPCC North Campus. Many NAFTC members have also held NACAT officer and Board Member appointments, including Jeff Parks from Tyler Community College, who is the 2007-2009 NACAT Treasurer, and Don Sykora, from Morton College, who is a 2008-2001 NACAT Board Member.
The NAFTC Headquarters displayed their training curricula at the NACAT Trade Show Exhibit. Al Ebron, Executive Director and Bill Davis, Assistant Director of Operations were swamped with interest from opening to closing, providing attendees with information on the alternative fuels and advanced technology vehicle curricula available from the NAFTC, which can be integrated into their programs for their students. The recently introduced Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Propulsion Systems training was especially of interest to all of the instructors who stopped by the exhibit.
NACAT 2010 will be held at Seminole Community College (also an NAFTC National Training Center) in Sanford, Florida from July 19-23, 2010. Good luck to Mark Davis and the automotive staff as they prepare during the coming year.