Representatives from the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) recently visited three National Training Center (NTC) member schools in the Pacific Northwest.

Following the California Automotive Teachers Conference, Executive Director Al Ebron and Assistant Director of Training and Curriculum Development Micheal Smyth visited Peninsula College, South Seattle Community College and Wenatchee Valley College (WVC) – all in Washington State.

Peninsula reps

Peninsula College Automotive Technology Program Coordinator Mike Hansen and Vice President of Instruction Mary O’Neill-Garrett give NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron a tour of the automotive facilities. Credit: NAFTC

Smyth said face-to-face time with members is extremely valuable because the schools provide feedback that helps the NAFTC build its programs.

Because they were already on the west side of the country, Ebron and Smyth took advantage of the perfect opportunity to meet with the automotive departments and administrators of the schools.

South Seattle CC reps

NAFTC Executive Al Ebron, right, takes a tour of South Seattle Community College’s automotive garage with Transportation Division Dean Ben Taves, left, and Instructor Howard Andersen, center. Credit: NAFTC

“We just like to take advantage of geography”, Smyth noted. “If we happen to be in a certain area, and we have a school close by, we always try to pop in and do a visit. We had no particular goal other than that face-to-face meeting and to get feedback from them on things they like and things they would like to see.”

WVC reps from college

NAFTC representatives tour Wenatchee Valley College’s garage. From left are NAFTC Assistant Director of Training and Curriculum Development Micheal Smyth, WVC Automotive Technology Program Director Blake Murray, WVC Automotive Technology Instructor Bob Greiner, NAFTC Executive Director Al Ebron and WVC President Jim Richardson. Credit: WVC

Smyth continued, “The things that we develop and the things that we do (at the NAFTC) for our members is driven by feedback from our members. So, the more feedback we get from them on what they want, what they don’t want, what they like, what they don’t like; the better we can support them.”

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