New Auto Tech diplomas create career pathwaysJuly 6, 2016
Nicolet will launch two new college credentials in the automotive field that start with a fast-track diploma for entry-level jobs and culminate with a two-year technical diploma and ASE Master Technician certification.
“The goal was to create a pathway for students to learn the basic skills they need to get a job in the field relatively quickly and then follow that with more in-depth instruction that allows them to advance in their position,” said Jeff Labs, interim dean of Trade, Industry, and Apprenticeships at Nicolet.
The one-year Automotive Service Technician technical diploma is the first step in the pathway where students learn how to diagnose and repair multiple vehicles systems. These include engines, transmissions, fuel and electrical systems, steering and suspension systems, brakes, and climate control systems.
Students completing this diploma will have the skills to enter the workforce. They can also apply the 29 credits they earned to the two-year, 55-credit Automotive Technician technical diploma.
“Classes in the second year take everything they learned in the first year to a more advanced level,” Labs explained. “It’s more in-depth and qualifies graduates in all the disciplines they need to become ASE Certified Master Technicians. As we’ve seen in other programs, we expect many students will get jobs after their first year and continue taking classes to earn the two-year diploma.”
Nicolet also worked closely with automotive employers when building the curriculum. “We heard time and again about the value of employees being able to communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, and customers,” Labs explained. “To meet that skills need, we included two Applied Communication classes to the second year of the program to make employees even more valuable to their employers.”
Fall Semester classes start Sept. 1.
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